MGrand15 wrote:... Russell's been great. This idea that he carried us like James Harden to this record is ridiculous. Severely downplays all the contributions of everyone else on the team. Harris, Dinwiddie, Allen, Davis, Kurucs, etc. We're 3-5 since Dinwiddie went down with some terrible losses. That's what it looks like when one guy has to do it all on his own. ...
This is pretty much how I feel. And there's even a classic phrase that nicely describes players like Dinwiddie, LeVert and Russell-- "first among equals." Because as you say, without the essential contributions and cohesion the 1B's provide, like Harris, Allen & others, the effectiveness of the 1A's is seriously hampered.
In the same way, it seems strange to make this a Russell vs. LeVert debate without factoring in what a big part of the equation Dins has been. To be the guy who can provide an alternative, more athletic, floor-leading approach when DLo's having a tough night. (and vice-versa)
I think it can also be argued that without LeVert going down, both DLo & Dins probably wouldn't have blossomed to the extent they did during his absence. This is a great 'problem' to have... a fully-functional three-headed snake that can scorch you in any number of ways. Quite possibly a nightmare for some hapless top-seed to deal with, come the playoffs.