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Jokic Gains Ground, Lillard Slips in Latest MVP Ladder

HoopsHype contributor Frank Urbina placed Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard at No. 4 in the latest look at the race for the NBA’s MVP award.

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The Trail Blazers are in the middle of a three-game slide and that turn in the wrong direction is starting to pop up on the radar of Damian Lillard’s MVP case. In an updated look at the race for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award, HoopsHype’s Frank Urbina placed three players above Lillard on the updated ladder.

Lillard landed behind Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic and LeBron James in HoopsHype’s updated rankings. Urbina made it a point to highlight Lillard’s stellar output of the past 20 games.

Before dropping their last three games, the Portland Trail Blazers had quite impressively won six in a row despite the insane amount of injuries they currently have affecting their rotation, and that excellent run was largely thanks to Damian Lillard’s MVP-level output.

Over his last 20 games, Lillard is averaging 31.4 points, 8.9 assists and 4.4 three-pointers while shooting 94.3 percent from the foul stripe, a span of contests in which Portland is 11-9.

In the month of February, Lillard is averaging 29.7 points and 9.3 assists per game. In his last six outings, Lillard has notched a double-digit assist total in all but one of those outings.

You can check out the full set of rankings from Urbina at HoopsHype.