Can Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant Make a Statement Against LeBron James?

Casey Womack@caseywomackCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2009

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It's no secret. Everyone and their mom knows who LeBron James is.

However, Kevin Durant is slowly starting to make the league notice him and forget the stupid plus-minus excuse from last year.

Tonight KD really can make another huge market notice him and give him and the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder some kudos. LeBron hasn't faced an awkward match-up like this all season. 

Sure, Thabo Sefolosha will probably get the most minutes guarding James. But with KD's freakish long arms, he can get a hand on the ball a lot tonight and could frustrate LeBron.

Durant is obviously the next great player in the league and with a dominant performance tonight, he could elevate himself to the next level. Yes, I said it. 

KD has a chance to completely show up LeBron tonight. Is it going to happen? Probably not. But that's why I'm so pumped for this game. It could happen.

Obviously with the "King" coming in to OKC, the Ford Center is going to be sold out. The players are obviously going to have a little extra motivation and focus tonight going up against one of the league's elite.

In similar situations, Durant has shown up and delivered for the Thunder. 

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The only problem I see tonight is Lebron James' ability to drive to the hole. Durant might not be quick and strong enough to keep up with him. However, James doesn't have the length to be in Durant's face all night.

Durant could tear the Cavs up from the elbow tonight if him and Westbrook can get the pick and roll going. If that happens, James could get frustrated and try to do too much and force shots. 

Plus, has James faced a defensive squad like the Thunder? Not many times. 

The last quick defensive team he faced was the Rockets and everyone should know how that turned out.

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