Kevin Durant said losing the MVP race to a midseason injury wouldn’t be the end of the world.
After Nets fans sang MVP several times Durant’s 38-point performance in a must-have win Speaking about the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, Durant said he knew he would not be a finalist for most valuable player because of an MCL sprain that kept him away for a month and a half starting in mid-January after the NBA on Feb. 20 All-Star Break.
Durant is averaging nearly 30 points per game on 52% shots from the field, but while there’s no minimum games played requirement to be eligible for MVP honors, the pool of more than 100 media members historically keeps games missed against players the vote .
However, Durant famously won the award in 2014 — an honor he dedicated to his mother, Wanda Durant. That’s why he’s not losing sleep over his absence from many potential MVP picks this season.
“No, it’s not frustrating,” he said. “I’ve experienced what it’s like to be MVP and that doesn’t validate me as a player. I mean I know what I can do. So it’s always great to have some home fans, a little bit of hometown love, and it’s great when the fans recognize you as one of the best players in the league, but no, I wouldn’t say I’m mad or I’m mad because I got hurt. It’s just part of the game, but I understand the type of player I am.”
Durant named four players he believes will lead the MVP race this season: Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Chicago’s DeMar DeRozan, Memphis’ Ja Morant and Denver’s Nikola Jokic.
However, he believes the eventual winner is playing alongside his former co-star James Harden.
“I would probably go Joel,” Durant said. “It’s so many great players playing at a high level man so like I said the other day the league is in a great place.”
Sharpshooter Seth Curry said his ankle didn’t feel any better or worse after 38 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.
Curry scored 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and hit seven three-pointers in his first game after missing three straight games with ankle pain. Curry said he had been dealing with the ankle problem for “probably a month before” the Feb. 10 trade that sent him to Brooklyn along with Ben Simmons and Andre Drummond.
“It’s been a while,” he said. “It’s something I’ll have to deal with and deal with leading up to the off-season.”
Curry said the ankle injury is not a situation where he can wake up in the morning and say whether or not he will be available to play.
“It’s not something that’s going to go away,” he said. “As long as it doesn’t get worse, I should be fine.”
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