Kristian Winfield: James Harden might be league’s MVP but Kevin Durant is the Nets’

It happened with just under eight minutes to go in the second quarter. The Barclays Center crowd grew anxious as Kevin Durant, who was announced a starter after missing 23 games with a hamstring injury, was replaced in the starting lineup by Bruce Brown at tipoff. That anxiety grew palpable as coach Steve Nash deployed 10 other players in the first quarter alone. Was everything OK? Did Durant suffer a setback? Would a socially-distant and almost sold-out crowd have to wait another day to see the best player in the City? No. No. And ultimately, hell no. Durant returned on Wednesday night and po…

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