How Long Can Kevin Durant Carry Oklahoma City Thunder on His Back?
No one in the NBA is having the same type of stretch that Kevin Durant is currently experiencing. The superstar and MVP candidate is as hot as anyone in the league right now and it seems like he, nor the Oklahoma City Thunder, can be stopped.
Oh yeah, and he’s doing it all without Russell Westbrook in the lineup. The all-star point guard went down with a knee injury and has been out for about four weeks. Westbrook was averaging 21.3 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game before his injury and was a tremendous sidekick to Durant in the process.
Since his injury, however, the Thunder have gone 10-5, including five straight wins with Durant leading the way by averaging over 40 points per game in his past five games.
Sure, the Thunder are on fire right now, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. If Oklahoma City keeps trying to ride on the back of Durant, he will be burnt out before the year is over. Wednesday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs was a perfect example of Durant not playing great because of fatigue — recording 11 turnovers and four fouls.
Durant is the best player in the NBA right now, averaging over 30 points per game, but he needs to be rested up for a title run come playoff time. Westbrook could be back soon, but for the time being, Durant needs some serious help.
Let’s hope that Reggie Jackson‘s performance against the Spurs was a sign of things to come. When Westbrook comes back, the Thunder will be the favorites to win the Western Conference — if they aren’t already.
Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at email@example.com.