Kevin Durant will be announced as the NBA’s MVP later this week, the first win of the ward for KD.
The guy who will come in second is good with that.
As the Heat focus on their second round series against the Nets, LeBron James (he of the four NBA MVPs) told the Associated Press he is good with that.
“Much respect to him and he deserves it. He had a big-time MVP season.”
What else is he going to say?
You can make a case for LeBron if you want, and I’ll agree that peak LeBron James is better than peak Durant. LeBron is a better passer, a better defender, he has more versatility.
But Durant is right on his heels and more was asked of KD — with Russell Westbrook out the Thunder getting the second seed was all about the play of Durant. He averaged 32 points a game on 50.3 percent shooting, all drawing constant double teams.
Durant earned it. Even LeBron recognizes that.
Rodney Hood got the Jazz to overtime.
Gordon Hayward took it from there.
This extends Utah’s win streak to eight games and snaps a 10-game losing streak in Dallas. The last time the Jazz won in Dallas? Mavericks guard Deron Williams started – for Utah.*
*Those Jazz brought Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Wesley Matthews off the bench. Dang
Up three points and the final seconds winding down, the Mavericks had a great chance to intentionally foul Trey Lyles (a 62% free-throw shooter) with his back to the basket.
Instead, they allowed Rodney Hood to hit this shot and get the Jazz to overtime.
The Bucks led the Celtics led the Bucks by 19 in the fourth quarter and four in the final minute.
But Boston completed its comeback when Jerryd Bayless committed a boneheaded foul on Kelly Olynyk with a second left, shoving Olynyk in the back on the inbound. Olynyk sunk both free throws to tie the game.
Then, Khris Middleton got Bayless off the hook.
Middleton drew a foul on Avery Bradley, who was trying to contest the game-winning shot. The Milwaukee wing made one free throw then intentionally the second, and Jae Crowder couldn’t replicate this.
Par for the course, Gregg Popovich gave curt answers to end his in-game interview quickly.
But David Aldridge tempted the Spurs coach, asking whether he wanted New Hampshire primary results. Popovich walked back to hear the answer.
Told Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump won, Popovich shook his head.
Was that disapproval for the Democratic or Republican candidate – or both?