Oklahoma City Thunder Needs Kevin Durant's Shooting To Stay Hot

By John Raffel
David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Yes, Kevin Durant is only human, even though he still doesn’t look it at times.

Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder are like most NBA teams, they look vulnerable on the road, regardless of who they play. That’s the only way you can explain the Thunder’s 115-110 loss to the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers over the weekend.

What’s a little surprising about that is that Durant and his teammates didn’t show the killer instinct that is normally a given by this team. Durant and his teammates failed to protect an 11-point lead and forgot that when a team is on the road, the home squad can get back in it rather easily, thanks to the crowd.

Durant put up some impressive numbers with 32 points, but there are some games that the point total is very deceiving of a player’s performance. This was one of those nights.

Durant shot 8-of-21 from the floor and 13-of-17 from the free-throw line. If he shoots like that again, the Thunder will suffer. They rely so much of Durant’s shooting that an off night like this won’t help their cause. In 47 games, Durant is shooting 51.6 percent for one of his better shooting percentages of his stellar career.

But he can’t be having an off night like that, especially against Cleveland. He also was 10 of 26 a few games back.

So whatever Durant is doing wrong to hurt his shooting percentage, the Thunder needs to correct it right away, or else they’re going to lose more games that they shouldn’t.

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