Not too long ago, Oklahoma City Thunder star forward Kevin Durant was talking about how he’d been shooting too much with Russell Westbrook out of the lineup and about how he wanted to take on more of a playmaking and facilitating role going forward in the 2013-14 NBA season.
On Friday night against the Golden State Warriors, Durant shot the ball 28 times and finished the night with a career-high 54 points on the way to a 127-121 win. Though he did also have six assists on the night, it seems like Durant isn’t taking his own words seriously when it comes to his shooting. The thing is, though, that fans of good basketball shouldn’t mind that at all.
Against the Warriors, Durant played 44 minutes and along with his 54 points and six assists also added four rebounds, a steal, and a block while shooting a ridiculous 19-28 from the floor and 5-9 from three. Durant was essentially molten lava on the hardwood on Friday and everything was falling for him.
It’s been absolutely ridiculous what Durant has been able to do with Westbrook out in the best possible way. Durant has put up unreal scoring totals, but has done so while using a massive percentage of his team’s possessions and while still maintaining an impressive level of efficiency.
Durant has been rightfully regarded as one of the best scorers in the league for a while now, but it’s one of the most entertaining things this league has seen in a while to see him in this type of offense. For years there have been people saying that Durant should get more shots and that Westbrook should defer to Durant more. What he’s been doing lately is something like what those scenarios would look like. Though this team is clearly better with their star point guard healthy, the level of excitement with the style and proficiency that Durant is playing with right now is off the charts.