Let’s See What Leading-Scorer Kevin Durant Does When Facing Elimination
Posted by RichieZ23 on April 28, 2010
Seattle SuperSonics Oklahoma City Thunder were the most improved team in the league this year improving from third-worst in the league last year, to a 50-32 this season, somehow landing them the eight and final seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.
In the process Kevin Durant became the youngest player to ever lead the league in scoring, and won me a bet with my roommate made prior to the season that Durant would average more than Lebron. His league-leading 30.1 points-per-game average helped the
Sonics Thunder reach their first 50-win season since they relocated to Oklahoma City.
Durant has improved drastically over the his brief three-year career in the NBA. He has increased his scoring average by five point every year, and this past season also led the Thunder in rebounds and steals.
His shooting stroke is a beautiful, natural flick of the wrist, and he has better handles than any other six-foot nine player in the league. If you didn’t watch any of the All-Star game festivities, you have to check out this epic battle of HORSE between Rondo and Durant. Durant simply doesn’t miss. It gets really good at the 2:28 mark.
However, he has struggled at times in his playoff debut against the top seeded Los Angeles Lakers. Ron Artest is one of the better defenders in the league, and although Durant has a first step and the handles to blow by Ron-Ron, Artest has the strength and savvy to disrupt Durant at times. KD is a combined 24-of-64 (37.5-percent) from the field in the three losses.
Great player will rise to the occasion though, and Durant is one of the games best. It should be a lot of fun to watch him battle it out against the Lakers Friday night in an elimination game. Game 6 is in Oklahoma City where the Thunder have won both of their games, so there’s plenty of chance for Durant and the Thunder to force the opening series to a final game 7.
I don’t know if Oklahoma City wins however, because when L.A. is playing on their game, nobody can beat them. Regardless of whether they win or not, it will be a lot of fun to watch what Durant does in the brink of elimination. I’m predicting a 38-12-5 type of night. They may get beat though, and everyone stumbles but it’s the next step towards the path of greatness for KD.
(Oh, and just for the record, I agree with Kenny Smith when he says Kevin Durant will be the best player in the league in three years — 0:36)