Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is expected to be named league MVP early next week, according to sources close to the situation.
It had been widely anticipated throughout the league that Durant would earn the award for the first time in his career. The most likely scenario, sources said, is a Tuesday news conference to announce Durant’s win, followed by a pregame ceremony before Oklahoma City’s home game Wednesday night in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.
The Thunder advanced to the next round with a 120-109 victory in Game 7 Saturday against the Memphis Grizzlies. Durant scored a team-high 33 points in the win.
By avoiding a Game 7 defeat, Durant dodged the most uncomfortable MVP news conference since Dirk Nowitzki’s in 2007. Nowitzki was forced to collect his MVP trophy in ’07 after the Dallas Mavericks, who went 67-15 that season, were bounced in the first round by the Golden State Warriors.
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