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Who is the hardest player to defend in the NBA? Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says -- surprise, surprise -- it's Kevin Durant, calling the Oklahoma City Thunder star a taller, better version of George Gervin. Do you agree with Rivers? Where does LeBron James fall on the list? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Hardest to Defend in NBA

LaMarcus Aldridge

Carmelo Anthony

Kobe Bryant

DeMarcus Cousins

Stephen Curry

Anthony Davis

Goran Dragic

Kevin Durant

Paul George

Blake Griffin

James Harden

Dwight Howard

Kyrie Irving

LeBron James

Al Jefferson

Damian Lillard

Kevin Love

Dirk Nowitzki

Chris Paul

John Wall

Russell Westbrook

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Could LeBron return to Cleveland?

LeBron James, as is his habit, destroyed his old team on Tuesday night, scoring 43 points in a dismantling of the Cavaliers in Cleveland. James could have made a run at his personal record of 61 points, as he had 25 in the first quarter, but he chose to show mercy and stop shooting. James was asked about returning to the Cavaliers someday, and though his pending free agency is a hotter and hotter topic these days, he chose to be noncommittal. He did, however, express a desire to see the Cavaliers retire his jersey at the end of his career, which would be a lot easier if he'd worn it more recently than 2010.

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  • If you were a Cavaliers fan, would you want LeBron James back on your team?

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  • Will the Cavaliers ever retire LeBron James' jersey?

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What to make of NBA MVP race?

Expected to be epic, the Kevin Durant-vs.-LeBron James NBA MVP race has cooled a little bit, allowing players such as Blake Griffin to creep into the discussion. Or have they? The leading scorer for the scorching Los Angeles Clippers says it's still a two-man race, with Durant or James almost destined to take home the trophy. Is he right? If so, who wins it? Would Griffin get your third-place vote, or someone else?

What are the chances someone other than Kevin Durant or LeBron James makes a serious run for NBA MVP this season?

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  • Assuming Kevin Durant and LeBron James are the top two candidates for NBA MVP this season, who would get your third-place vote?

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Kevin DurantAndrew Richardson/USA TODAY Sports

According to Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks, Kevin Durant could be scoring more. That's not to say Brooks is dissatisfied with Durant's ability; instead, the coach praised the MVP frontrunner for being "all about the team." Of course, similar things have been said about LeBron James. Is Durant -- the NBA's scoring leader this season, by a large margin -- the best when it comes to putting points on the board? Where do the rest of the league's top scorers rank? Click on the images below to set your list!

NBA's Best Scorers

LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge

2013-14: 23.6 PPG, 30.9 P/48

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

2013-14: 28.1 PPG, 34.6 P/48

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins

2013-14: 22.3 PPG, 33.3 P/48

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford

2013-14: 18.7 PPG, 29.5 P/48

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

2013-14: 23.6 PPG, 30.8 P/48

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

2013-14: 20.4 PPG, 27.7 P/48

DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan

2013-14: 22.7 PPG, 28.6 P/48

Goran Dragic

Goran Dragic

2013-14: 20.5 PPG, 28.3 P/48

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

2013-14: 31.8 PPG, 39.7 P/48

Rudy Gay

Rudy Gay

2013-14: 20.2 PPG, 27.9 P/48

Paul George

Paul George

2013-14: 22.2 PPG, 29.7 P/48

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

2013-14: 24.2 PPG, 32.2 P/48

James Harden

James Harden

2013-14: 24.6 PPG, 30.8 P/48

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

2013-14: 21.5 PPG, 28.8 P/48

LeBron James

LeBron James

2013-14: 27.2 PPG, 35.0 P/48

Al Jefferson

Al Jefferson

2013-14: 21.2 PPG, 30.0 P/48

Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard

2013-14: 20.8 PPG, 28.0 P/48

Kevin Love

Kevin Love

2013-14: 26.5 PPG, 35.0 P/48

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki

2013-14: 21.6 PPG, 32.2 P/48

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas

2013-14: 20.5 PPG, 28.5 P/48

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

2013-14: 21.3 PPG, 32.4 P/48

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The NBA's sleeved jerseys have a ways to go before being accepted by the league's most famous player. LeBron James partially blamed the new jerseys for his awful 6-of-18 shooting night in the Heat's 111-87 loss to the Spurs.

"Every time I shoot it feels like it's just pulling right up underneath my arm," said James. "I already don't have much room for error on my jump shot. It's definitely not a good thing."

It's not the first time LeBron has had a bad game while wearing sleeves: he was 0-for-4 from 3-point range against the Lakers on Christmas and 0-for-7 from the same range during the All-Star Game. We're pretty sure he'd be able to adjust if they were a full-time thing, but for now, LeBron seems to be a different player when his shoulders are covered.

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