Miami Heat Showdown With Oklahoma City Thunder Could Help Determine MVP

By Jared Doyle
Mark D. Smith- USA Today Sports

We have been in this situation before. Kevin Durant seems like he running away with the MVP award, and then Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder take on LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Last season, the Heat beat the Thunder both times they played them in the regular season. The first matchup was decided by just six points. A few months later, however, the Heat feasted on Thunder turnovers, made it especially difficult for Durant to get the ball in his hands and actually initiate the offense as they won by 10. After that matchup, it become abundantly clear that LeBron had the upper hand on Durant in terms of overall talent.

This season it will be no different. Durant has been playing lights out recently, averaging a career high 31.3 points per game, and is shooting the ball more efficiently than ever before. James, on the other hand, hasn’t had the most sterling season, taking a statistical nose dive in points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game. This is a main argument as to why Durant should overtake James for the MVP trophy this season, but the reason for these dips in James’ game is the decrease in average minutes as he’s currently averaging 36.9 a game, the lowest in his career.

Wednesday’s game will be an epic one as two of the top teams in the NBA go head-to-head with the top two players in the league battling it out for MVP supremacy. If James is able to shut down Durant defensively and the Heat are able to win this crucial home game against the Thunder, James will have voters thinking twice about declaring Durant as this season’s MVP.  This game will be huge in determining who walks away with the MVP hardware this season, and even though Durant has been playing phenomenally, don’t count out the reigning MVP.

Jared Doyle is a Miami Heat writer for Follow him on Twitter @outofboundsjay, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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