- David Thorpe, NBA
It's easy to fall in love with scorers, but history and advanced statistics teach us that titles come from great defense. In a postseason series, players who contribute largely on defense and the glass but have merely solid offensive numbers can be far more valuable than players with gaudier point totals.
A reminder for Week 2 of our Postseason MVP rankings: Playoff performances are weighed against the strength of the opponent and within the overall context of the accomplishment. And right now, the team that has accomplished the most, given recent history and the opponent (the 61-win Spurs), is Memphis. The No. 8 Grizzlies are up 3 games to 2 over the Spurs, have done enough already to win the series (save for two fantastic San Antonio shots to stay alive) and can eliminate San Antonio on their home court Friday night. Because the biggest reason for the Grizzlies' success is their defense, their defensive anchor is our current Postseason MVP.
Who have been the best performers in the playoffs so far? We're keeping track.