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LeBron James is “highly upset” he’s never won Defensive Player of the Year

2016 NBA Finals - Game Four

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts during the second half against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 10, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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No matter what happens tonight, there’s a good case that LeBron James should win Finals MVP. He’s been that good, especially over the last two games as the Cavaliers have clawed their way back from a 3-1 deficit to force a Game 7 with the Warriors. But that’s not the award James is concerned about — he’s got four MVPs and two Finals MVPs, but there’s one award missing.

James’ window to win Defensive Player of the Year has all but certainly closed — he’s taken several steps back on that end, especially as he’s gotten older and started to coast in the regular season to preserve his body for the playoffs. But he had a legitimate case several years ago, particularly during his first three seasons in Miami.