Durant, LeBron And The NBA’s Impending MVP Race Brandon Caldwell March 2, 2012 Sports It’s March. Basketball season is kicking into high gear both college and pro. Driveways are being swept off and the sun is shining. Yes, the sport where more trash talk and prototypical “What Ifs” is starting to reach its normal level of altitude and considering how the NBA has essentially given itself a renaissance season in the face of a lockout, spring couldn’t be more pretty. Given how us fans have been anticipating and waiting for LeBron James to make the leap from just extraordinary talent who can’t win the big one to extraordinary talent with a ring on his finger, it’s interesting watching King James put up absurd numbers on an already absurd team. Last night for example only proved why LeBron might be having the best all-around statistical season since Jordan put up 32/8/8. A 38 point, 11 rebound, 6 assist, 5 steal & 1 block performance against a good Portland team was enough to carry the Heat to yet another double digit win, their 9th in as many games. Here’s where things get crazy when you’re trying to maximize how important LeBron is. In the absence of Chris Bosh (death in the family), James started at center for the Heat and guarded all five positions ala Magic Johnson in the ’80 Finals. It was surreal how much of a clinic ‘Bron Bron put on. Most believe the MVP race is LeBron and everybody else at this point. Yet, Kevin Durant had something to say. Already the MVP of the summer PR wise and the MVP of last weekend’s All-Star Game, Durant came back to O-Town and led the Oklahoma City Thunder back from the depths against the Magic. Durant only had 20 going into the fourth quarter but when the clock started off at 12:00 left and trickled down, KD35 morphed into what we all know he is – the purest scorer in the NBA. Threes, awkward jumpers, eff you shots killed the Magic, all to the tune of 18 in the final frame. And this monstrous dunk which set the tone early. LeBron is leading an already talented team in the East to the best record in the league. Durant and his explosively talented sidekick in Russell Westbrook (29/11 last night) are putting the Thunder as a possible Finals opponent in June. Watching these two go back and forth much like they did in the All-Star Game is not only thrilling television for a basketball purist, it sets up the league’s most wanted matchup in June since it’s quite clear the Lakers can’t stop stepping over themselves in trying to trade or not trade Pau Gasol. This season has been all about these two (and Jeremy Lin but you get my point) and if these two continue dueling on opposite coasts up until the regular season concludes, we might be in store for one of the closest MVP races ever. Good thing to know these to go head-to-head in a meaningful game on March 25th & April 4th. Share this:TweetShare on Tumblr Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.