Paul admits he’s biased in his view his Rockets co-star James Harden should replicate as MVP. But he had been adamant that Harden’s comparative off night at a showdown against Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpoalong with the other MVP front runner, shouldn’t influence any votes.

The Bucks held Harden to 23 points on 9-of-26 shooting, just the fourth time this season he ended with more field goal attempts compared to things. He had 10 rebounds, 7 assists and two blocks in losing.