Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 6/11/12
Kevin Durant knows that whatever happens in the NBA Finals, he and LeBron James will be viewed as being at the center of it, for better or for worse. He recognizes that, he understands that, but he doesn't have to like that. Durant and James have more in common than chasing a championship starting Tuesday in Oklahoma City. Both have become hermits during the playoffs, with James spurning TV for a good book and Durant taking a break from his well-followed Twitter account since May 1. Still, living under a rock has not kept Durant from being well aware that...

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