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Rookie of the year: Davis vs. Lillard

The Hornets' Anthony Davis has turned the ROY race into a contest with the Blazers' Damian Lillard. Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports

The competition for NBA Rookie of the Year has been a two-horse race for quite some time now. Yes, Damian Lillard has been terrific all season and has led the pack since Week 1 while playing the most minutes of any rookie. But Anthony Davis is surging.

However, winning the award has little meaning in terms of how a player can help his team win games, which is what matters most in the big picture. So while Lillard and Davis battle it out down the stretch these next three weeks, they should be more focused on what they can do to help their teams and how they can build momentum heading into the offseason. Here's an area each player should focus on to help him finish the season strong: