The NBA Finals get underway Tuesday, kicking off one of the most anticipated showdowns in recent history, Lebron James vs Kevin Durant. Not only is the NBA title on the line, but the title of Best in the World, also hangs in the balance.
Now first off, I don’t want to over look the other immensely talented players on the floor during this series. Arguably, there are 3 more of the top 20 players in the league in this series. Position by position, every matchup in this series is key, but the reality is, everyone is going to focus on Lebron and Durant.
I love me a good BITW debate, and I’ve argued in the past that Lebron is not the best, until he gets a ring. I still hold that opinion.
This is Lebron’s chance. This is his opportunity to shut up all the haters (like myself), and show that he is the best. There are no more excuses, he has the ability to make this happen. I think the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder are evenly matched, and that no one has a clear advantage, so in this series, Lebron can be the difference.
For Kevin Durant, there really isn’t too much pressure on him. If there is, it’s not even in the same league as Lebron. Durant is younger and this is his first Finals appearance, so if he loses, there won’t be near as much criticism of him.
So at the end of the day, Lebron has everything to lose, and Kevin Durant has everything to gain, in my opinion.
I’m going to go out on limb and predict that Durant will shine in this series. Based on everything I’ve seen from him, he’s shown that he has the killer instinct, and seems to thrive in late game situations. He wants the ball, he wants to be the man, and now is his time to prove that’s indeed what he is, the man.