Kevin Durant: Rockets ‘Can’t Check Me One-on-One, They Know That’

April 5th, 2014 by Stephen Babb Leave a reply »

Remember when Kevin Durant was the most modest player in the NBA? Those days are long gone.

He now sounds like an Most Valuable Player who knows good and well that he's actually the MVP:

Durant tied Michael Jordan's streak of 40 consecutive games scoring at least 25 points on Friday night, but his Oklahoma City Thunder still lost to the Houston Rockets, 111-107. It may have taken a team effort, but it was a team effort that frustrated KD into 7-of-19 shooting from the field.

That's not terrible, but it's subpar by Durant's standards. The league's leading scorer missed the mark fairly severely on a couple of occasions, and, by some accounts, looked to be pressing as he neared the end of the game stuck on 21 points. 

Teams are regularly forced into throwing a group effort at Durant, often consisting of double-teams and different defensive looks. That's what happens when you lead the league in scoring every season, and by now Durant is plenty used to it.

Sometimes it doesn't seem to matter. Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver noted one such instance from January: ...

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