With no offense intended toward Nikola Jokic and his MVP-winning season, Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul is absolutely sticking it to Jokic’s Denver Nuggets in the second round of the 2021 NBA playoffs to make a belated MVP case of his own.

Paul scored 27 points to go with six rebounds and eight assists in Phoenix’s 116-102 victory on Friday at Denver, which put the Suns up 3-0 and on the precipice of a Conference Finals berth. Jokic had an excellent triple-double in his own right, yet there’s a certain intangible, fiery leadership quality that’s missing from him.

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It’s not just CP3’s recent dominance that shows he’s the real NBA MVP, either. We’re not in a prisoner of the moment type of situation. This just seems obvious right now. Here’s why.