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The Western Convention has seemed like a two-horse race for a lot of the 12 months. The Houston Rockets have one of the best file within the NBA, whereas the Golden State Warriors have received the convention for every of the final three years and two of the final three NBA championships. It might be a heavyweight bout, and relying on who you ask, could be the hardest problem Golden State has confronted throughout its run atop the West.

One factor is fairly clear, although: Ought to these groups face off, the Rockets would virtually actually be going into that sequence with the man who’s going to win the 2017-18 NBA MVP award. Houston guard James Harden is the frontrunner to get the trophy, and whereas LeBron James might disagree, Kevin Durant thinks giving the award to Harden is a simple resolution.

Durant spoke with Sam Amick of USA As we speak Sports activities and didn’t go away any room for interpretation, saying that Harden will get his help for MVP. When requested if it’s shut between Harden and the sector, Durant merely replied “Nah.”

“I imply (LeBron) is certainly enjoying nice ball, however I simply suppose that James has had a method higher 12 months,” Durant advised USA As we speak Sports activities.

Durant continued to endorse Harden whereas talking to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. The Warriors’ star believes Harden lastly deserves to get the award.

“It’s his flip,” Durant mentioned. “Simply give it to him. It’s his time to win it.”

If the implication for one thing like that’s that Harden has been handed over earlier than and he lastly deserves the chance to name himself the MVP, he isn’t incorrect — Harden was the runner-up for the award in 2014-15 and 2016-17. In fact, Harden would most likely be prepared to surrender the MVP award if it meant toppling Golden State through the postseason, nevertheless it should be good to know that he has Durant’s full endorsement for the award.

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