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PREVIEW: James, Harden clash in star-studded, primetime matchup on Saturday


  1. MVP candidates meet again

LeBron James and Harden will square off in their final tune-up before they compete in the NBA All-Star Game between Team LeBron and Team Stephen on Feb. 18.

James is a 14-time All-Star, four-time MVP and three-time champion.

Harden is a six-time All-Star, four-time All-NBA selection and the Sixth Man of the Year in 2011-12.

While their past accolades are notable, the duo is collectively outmatching the rest of the league in dominant fashion this season.

Harden ranks first in points per game (31.5), second in player impact estimate (19.1) and third in offensive rating (114.9). James ranks fourth in player impact estimate (18.5), third in assist percentage (42.5 percent) and seven in usage percentage (31 percent).

Simply put, all eyes will be on James and Harden in this center-stage contest.

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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