Where NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant is still overlooked

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THEY HAD COME to expect he would hit the improbable jumper, the most difficult shot at the most critical time. That’s why Kevin Durant came here, right? In Golden State’s championship-clinching, Game 5 win, the signature Durant basket was a fallaway 3-pointer with a shade over 10 minutes remaining over the outstretched arms of Kevin Love as the shot clock clicked down — 0:06, 0:05, 0:04.

That jumper pushed his team’s tenuous lead to eight points. It’s a moment that will be featured in every highlight reel, every championship documentary. Durant was named the MVP of the 2017 NBA Finals following a 39-point, seven-rebound performance that cemented his place in the pantheon of great players who rise to the occasion when the game matters most.

Few will remember another moment in Game 5, early in the third quarter, when Durant, who was shadowing LeBron James, was picked off by a screen and switched onto Love on the left elbow. Love turned to face the 7-footer, tried

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/presents-19619121/where-nba-finals-mvp-kevin-durant-overlooked

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