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LeBron James and the defending champion Miami Heat are currently sitting pretty as the #2 seed heading into the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs.

Their Western Conference rivals, the Oklahoma City Thunder, led by Kevin Durant, are sitting in the exact same position.

It is being reported that Durant is poised to receive his first MVP award and four-time winner James is giving him his blessings.

Via CBS Sports:

LeBron told the media Monday he thought Durant had an MVP season and that he “deserves” the award for his play this season. From The Associated Press:

It’s expected that the Thunder star will be announced as winner this week. James has lauded Durant’s play this season several times recently and did so again Monday.

“Much respect to him and he deserves it,” James said. “He had a big-time MVP season.”

If there ever was a time for Durant to nab the coveted Maurice Podoloff Trophy, it is now. KD35 led the league in scoring with 32.0 points per game, making him on the fourth player to average 32-7-5 (rebounds and assists, respectively) in a season. LeBron’s season was shabby in the slightest–averaging 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 6.3 assists through his 77 games but sometimes it is cool to switch things up.

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