In the final month of the NBA regular season, the two closest races could be those for Rookie of the Year and MVP. Each of the contests are tightening as the season winds down.
It remains to be seen whether New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis can overtake Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard for the Rookie of the Year award. While Davis had a big week last week, including a game-winning tip against the Boston Celtics and an 18-point, 15-rebound night in a win over the Memphis Grizzlies, Davis has never won the league's Rookie of the Month award while there's no more room on the trophy for Lilliard's name this season.

For Davis to be fully considered as a possible winner, he'd have to win the Rookie of the Month designation for March, so a big week this week against playoff teams such as the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat could be huge
In the other major award race, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has, in this corner at least, seen him slim lead over Miami Heat forward LeBron James dwindle to the point where this week the players are tied for the top spot.
The Heat is on a ridiculous 26-game winning streak, chasing the all-time NBA record of 33, while the Thunder lost a couple of games last week despite strong performances from the season-long leader in this race, Durant.
It should be an interesting final three weeks.
Tracking the race for Rookie of the Year

1. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers. So far, Lillard has won every Rookie of the Month award; the competition for that and the ultimate is heating up.
2. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Hornets. Must win the March Rookie of the Month award to gain momentum into the home stretch.
3. Dion Waiters, Cleveland Cavaliers. Hornets fans will get to see his game Sunday night in New Orleans Arena.