Kevin Durant On A Mission For MVP
Kevin Durant is having the best 11 game stretch in the NBA since Kobe Bryant in 2007.
Durant is looking to capture his first MVP and with a win tonight, it will be hard to argue.
The three time NBA scoring champ hasn't faired well against LeBron James in the past, in 16 head-to-head meetings James is (13-3) against Durant including Miami's 4-1 series victory in the 2012 NBA Finals.
"Individually, he can't be stopped by any 1-on-1 player," James said. "There's nobody that can guard him 1-on-1."
James has been outscored by Durant in nine of of the 16 meetings.
Durant has now scored 30 or more points in his last 11 games averaging a staggering 38.5 points per contest and shooting 64 percent in his last six games.
The Thunder (36-10) are still without point guard Russell Westbrook until after All-Star break due to injury. With Westbrook sidelined, Durant has to take on more of the scoring load possibly giving him this opportunity to capture the MVP.
The question will be, how will this Thunder team adjust when their point guard comes back.
Miami (32-12) has lost four of its last nine games but has bee able to win three in a row, the last coming at home against the San Antonio Spurs.
James who says he is not concerned with the MVP race is averaging 26 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game this year.
The two stars know each other very well, both train together in the off-season and have a deep respect for one another. You have to think that maybe they are too friendly, it would be nice to see the two best players in the NBA take it more personal when they match up.