N.B.A. Announces M.V.P. Finalists, and LeBron James Is Not Included

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Russell Westbrook, right, and James Harden during Game 5 of a first-round playoff series on April 25.

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Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard are the finalists for the N.B.A.’s Most Valuable Player Award.

Leonard’s coach, Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs, was nominated in the coach of the year category, as was Mike D’Antoni, who coaches Harden in Houston. D’Antoni and Popovich were joined by Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat.

LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers star who has been named M.V.P. four times, was left off the list of finalists. So was Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, who won the award the past two seasons.

The three finalists in each category were announced Friday. The winners will be announced June 26 during the N.B.A.’s first awards show.

The Philadelphia 76ers have two chances at the Rookie of the Year Award, with Joel Embiid and Dario Saric as finalists, along with Milwaukee’s Malcom Brogdan.

Previously, the individual awards were announced at various times throughout the postseason.

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