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VIDEO: Kevin Durant and LeBron James staged a classic showdown last season
KD or LeBron for MVP? State your case.
Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: Right now, Kevin Durant. That doesn’t mean I don’t think LeBron James still is the best player in the NBA. But that’s not what the MVP necessarily honors. It’s a mix of general greatness, a sense of who had the “best” season and a weighing of several messy intangibles like relative strength of teammates and a guess at a team’s fate if the MVP candidate weren’t, y’know, ever born. I saw…
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HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — The season is only 55 percent complete, so it’s way too early to make any kind of call in the MVP race. By leading the Oklahoma City Thunder on an eight-game winning streak without co-star Russell Westbrook and going on a ridiculous scoring binge along the way, Kevin Durant has seemingly taken the lead over LeBron James.
But this is the time of year when James led the Miami Heat to 27 straight wins last season, a streak that included a win in Oklahoma City. Head-to-head matchups could linger in the minds of voters, and the Heat have won six straight games against the Thunder, going back to Game 2 of the 2012 Finals. They’ll look to make it seven in a row on Wednesday night (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) in Miami, and will have another meeting right after the…
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