Kevin Durant doesn't think LeBron James would want Finals MVP if Cavaliers lose
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 09, 2018 09:10 AM
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James goes to the basket against Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant in the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
There's been plenty of talk about LeBron James being awarded Finals MVP, even if the Cleveland Cavaliers lose in the 2018 NBA Finals.
Through three games, James has been averaging 37.7 points (52.5 FG%, 35.3 3FG%), 9.0 rebounds, 10.7 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.0 blocks, team-high numbers, save for the rebounds.
However, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, who won Finals MVP last season, doesn't think James would accept that award.
In a press conference with reporters Friday (PHL time), Durant said, "I'm sure LeBron wouldn't accept that. I mean, he's a winner. I don't look at him as a guy that would be okay with that."
Should James in fact win Finals MVP, he'd be just the second NBA player to pull off such a feat. Currently, Jerry West is the only player from the losing team to win Finals MVP, back in 1969 as a member of the LA Lakers.
James also got consideration for Finals MVP when the Warriors won the title in 2015. Andre Iguodala of the Warriors ultimately won that prize.
If the voters for Finals MVP opt for someone from the Warriors, it will likely go to either Durant (31.7 points, 55.9 FG%, 47.4 3FG%, 10.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.7 blocks) or Stephen Curry (24.3 points, 38.5 FG%, 39.5 3FG%, 6.0 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.0 steals).