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Harden and Westbrook face off to see who is the most valuable to their team

Harden and Westbrook face off to see who is the most valuable to their team

The NBA most-valuable-player debate has created more angles than a protractor.

Statistics. Triple-doubles. Win shares. Usage rates. Franchise value.

Beard vs. snarl. Cunning and control vs. passion and power.

Everything that Houston’s James Harden and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook did this season was for this: a playoff stage. The storybook script has the former teammates sharing that stage starting Sunday afternoon in Houston.

Voting for the MVP happens before the playoffs start. But it still comes with a postseason caveat. Harden vs. Westbrook. Who won?

It is a season-defining question that could prove unfair to Westbrook, who has the lesser...

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