Chet Holmgren sends powerful 4-word message to NBA after Thunder win Game 2

New Orleans Pelicans v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two
New Orleans Pelicans v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two / Jamie Squire/GettyImages

Wednesday night, the OKC Thunder yet again made the most of their homecourt advantage during these early stages of the NBA Playoffs, besting the New Orleans Pelicans 124-92 to go up in this best-of-seven series with a 2-0 lead.

Unlike Sunday's opener, Game 2 proved to be a completely lopsided affair from start to finish for Mark Daigneault's club, as they led the contest for all but roughly four minutes and found themselves up by as many as 34 points before the final buzzer sounded.

Though the blowout victory was undoubtedly a result of a full-out team effort, as five Thunder players dropped double-digit scoring performances while the club as a whole shot 59.0 percent from the field and 48.3 percent from distance and held NOLA to a mere 45.2 percent shooting and 26.9 percent shooting from deep, leading the charge for the west's top seed was none other than superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Logging 35 minutes on the night, the 25-year-old went on to drop a stunning stat line of 33 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals all while cashing in on 13 of his 19 attempts from the field and three of his five shots from beyond the arc.

In short, SGA was virtually unstoppable during the contest, and, in the eyes of Chet Holmgren, the guard proved once again why he's in the running for this year's league MVP award, as the big man told viewers during his on-court postgame interview that he's the rightful choice to take home such a moniker.

Chet Holmgren says Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is MVP

"This is the MVP... I'm gonna say it for him because he won't say it!"

Chet Holmgren on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

All season long, Gilgeous-Alexander has had his name intertwined with Denver superstar Nikola Jokic and Mavericks stud Luka Doncic as being in serious contention for the Most Valuable Player award and, with time now dwindling on a winner being revealed, it's truly anyone's guess who will pull away from the awards race victorious.

The point guard has gone on record noting "I hope I get it," though admitted that all three of these frontrunners have a strong case for the illustrious title and that "whoever gets it is deserving for sure."

Despite odds currently leaning in Jokic's favor, Holmgren believes Gilgeous-Alexander is the most deserving of all.

The entirety of Thunder nation couldn't agree more!