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2012 NBA Finals, Heat Vs. Thunder: It's LeBron Vs. Durant At Last

The highly-anticipated face off between three-time league MVP LeBron James and three-time scoring champion Kevin Durant has finally arrived and it begins tonight with Game 1 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena at 9 p.m. EST. There are plenty of storylines -- as alluded to here -- but in a number of ways, LeBron vs. Durant stands out from among the rest. SB Nation's Andrew Sharp touched on this subject in a post earlier today:

There will be plenty of people who tell you this series isn't about LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Don't listen to them. It'll look a lot different than summer basketball, and KD and LeBron won't be one-on-one very often, and there are plenty of other factors that'll determine every game. But still. In 25 years we won't be arguing about where Russell Westbrook and Dwyane Wade rank in the 10 greatest players of all time.

The countdown 'till tip-off continues...

Stick with this StoryStream for all your news throughout the 2012 NBA Finals. For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. For the opponent's perspective throughout the series, visit Welcome To Loud City and SB Nation Kansas City. For all your Finals analysis, visit SB Nation's NBA hub.

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