Sport Kevin Durant's Time to Enter the MVP Race is Now

17:05  07 december  2017
17:05  07 december  2017 Source:   Sports Illustrated

Curry comes through in OT, Warriors outlast Lakers 127-123

  Curry comes through in OT, Warriors outlast Lakers 127-123 After struggling from long range all night, Stephen Curry hit two quick 3-pointers to open overtime and the Golden State Warriors outlasted the Los Angeles Lakers 127-123 on Wednesday.The victory prevented the Warriors from losing two straight games for the first time this season.Kevin Durant led Golden State with 29 points, while Curry added 28 and Klay Thompson 20. Curry had 13 points in overtime.Brandon Ingram scored a career-high 32 to lead the Lakers. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jordan Clarkson had 21 each, and Julius Randle scored 20.Curry was 1 for 7 on 3-point attempts in regulation.

I’m Sorry, Kevin Durant : How I Ruined The MVP ’ s Season With A New York Times Crossword. Sadly, all of that is overshadowed right now . Durant is a cultural icon with a fractured foot, and that’ s Who Will Take the Eastern Conference from LeBron? The NBA MVP Race is the Same as it Ever Was.

He’ s ready to go through Kevin Durant as well, if need be, to reclaim his perch atop the KIA Race to the MVP Ladder. HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The Golden State Warriors entered this season with sky-high expectations, both internal and external.

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LeBron James takes over as top NBA MVP candidate after Cavs’ 10 straight wins

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Kevin Durant should win NBA MVP in 2012Brett Deering/Getty Images. Since he entered the NBA—as the No. 2 Let' s be honest, due to Derrick Rose' s injuries this year, the MVP race is down to LeBron James and Kevin Durant . LeBron James has long been knocked for his play in crunch time .

Sunday Shootaround. Everyone loves Kevin Durant . Now what? "I think the MVP is a lot about narratives and what may happen during that time ," Durant said. The MVP narrative: In the absence of an overwhelming favorite, this year’ s MVP race is destined to become a battle between story arcs.

For the second straight year, the NBA figures to have a back-and-forth MVP race that should come down to the end of the season. Only months after Russell Westbrook and James Harden forced fans to draw lines in the sand, the MVP conversation is heating up again. Harden is the current favorite for the award by a slight margin, racking up absurd stats while the Rockets blow away competition. Hot on his heels is LeBron James, putting together arguably the best season of his career in Year 15. Others drawing consideration include Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry.

Curry’s recent ankle injury, which may force him to miss at least two weeks, could drop him out of the race, however. Fortunately for the Warriors, one of his teammates appears ready to take his place: some guy named Kevin Durant.

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Much of the suspense has been sucked out of the NBA season, but we still have a compelling MVP race . Even though many thought Kevin Durant had it locked up earlier this season, LeBron has come on strong. And now here' s LeBron James, the proud reigning two- time MVP , putting on a show the

But, it can be said that the true faces of the league right now are LeBron James of the Miami Heat & Kevin Durant from the The most impressive part of this particular season for Durant , however, is that for the first time NBA – LeBron James Scores 61, Moves Ahead in MVP Race With Durant ? |

KD made a bit of a statement in the Dubs’ first game since Curry sprained his ankle. With Draymond Green also out, Durant dominated, posting a triple–double in a 101–87 win over the Hornets on Wednesday. Durant collected 11 rebounds and dished 10 assists to go along with 35 points, and he looked extremely comfortable leading a team missing its two most important players.

Durant certainly seized the moment against Charlotte. He took 28 shots, more than 10 attempts higher than his season average. With Curry in the lineup, Durant sometimes gets lost in the Warriors’ collective dominance, not always standing out as a focal point. The situation was completely reversed against Charlotte. Durant’s full offensive repertoire was on display. He led and finished fastbreaks. He operated out of the post. He isolated on the wing. He ran high pick-and-rolls. Basically, Durant scored in pretty much every single way designed for a human being to put a ball in a basket. And he scored over and over again.

Kevin Durant leads depleted Warriors to win over Charlotte

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When Durant first signed with Golden State, he obviously did so with the idea that his personal accolades would take a backseat to immense team success. Even still, Durant was in the MVP conversation for a chunk of last year, until his late-season injury dropped him out entirely. This year, Curry’s injury opens the door for Durant (25.1 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 5.2 APG) to pile up the stats—and wins—necessary to be a factor come voting time.

Curry could be back by Christmas, but if Durant comes close to reproducing his numbers against Charlotte on a nightly basis for an extended stretch, he can’t be ignored simply because he plays for such a talented team. After all, MVP is an award that often goes to the best player on the best team, and Durant has a chance to solidify himself as that person in Curry’s absence. (It also helps Durant’s case that Giannis's Bucks have cooled off, and Kyrie's statistics have settled to a pace not all that different from last season in Cleveland.)

The more cautious Golden State is with Curry’s injury—and the team figures to be extremely cautious given his ankle history—the more opportunity Durant will have to add a second MVP to his résumé. Losing Curry could also force the Dubs to play a little bit sharper basketball. It’s no secret Golden State breezes through the first half of most every game before deciding to start trying in the third quarter. Perhaps now the team will play with the slightest sense of urgency.

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Enter City Name. That' s LeBron James being LeBron James. No, the MVP race is a long, long ways from over." "Obviously he' s been out for a while, so it' s going to take time to get that rhythm back, that chemistry, because everything has been having Kevin Durant and Reggie Jackson doing a

And if you’re a true hoops fan, the kind who can spot a hesi, pull-up jimbo, then you should be rooting for Durant to make himself an MVP factor. Remember how awesome it was when Russ and Harden tried to outdo each other last season? (Even as some voters clutched their pearls at Russ’s volume shooting.) Now imagine Harden, LeBron and KD deliberately trying to one-up each other down the stretch run of the season. Not bad, right?

Of course, this is part of what we lost when Durant left Oklahoma City. He obviously had an MVP-caliber teammate with him in OKC, but Durant couldn’t afford to coast with the Thunder the way the Warriors have for large stretches of games this season. Put your Durant feelings aside. The NBA is better when circumstances force him to go into assassin mode (unless you're LeBron James trying to slow down a fastbreak late in a Finals game).

So let’s see how Durant, somebody who notoriously dislikes finishing second, continues to respond in the wake of Curry’s injury. Game one was a triple–double. If that proves to be more than just a flash in the pan, Durant will quickly force people to mention his name in any conversation about the MVP award. Now is as good a time as any to start preparing your arguments.

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Kevin Durant stonewalled a Kevin Love postup, blocked Love’ s baby hook with his left hand Durant infamously entered the NBA unable to bench press 185 pounds then built a reputation as a lanky finesse scorer. Remember, Durant was in the thick of the MVP race until he got hurt.


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