The Thunder lost a thriller in Miami 98-93. Here are 16 thoughts I had from it:
1. The MVP isn’t decided yet. It’s 1-1. KD badly outplayed LeBron in the first meeting, LeBron edged Durant by virtue of turnovers and the scoreboard in this one. KD was in the position of needing to win to make another statement because of LeBron’s superior statistical season, but MVPs are often awarded based on story, not stats. And KD’s got quite the narrative.
The attention span in sports is pathetically short. It’s game-by-game and that’s the point. After this game goes in the rearview, one clunker from LeBron and a couple Miami losses along with a few big shots from KD and a strong finish by KD will sway everything again. Why? Because LeBron didn’t whip KD the way KD whipped LeBron in the first meeting. LeBron’s night of outplaying Durant wasn’t some obvious deer-in-the-headlights type of beatdown like was the case in OKC.
LeBron’s got the lead again and it’s his award to lose. Or KD’s to win. There’s still time either way.