Kevin Durant moved many to tears with his MVP press conference yesterday, and the first one to go up in fountains was probably Caron Butler. Never mind, it was probably Durant’s mom.
One thing remains clear though, the MVP award was well deserved and for the proof all you have to do is look at the numbers.
Durant averaged a career-best 32.0 points this season, and also added in 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists. On the way to his fourth scoring title, he shot .503 from the field, .391 from three-point range, .873 from the free throw line, and led all players in free throws made (703) and attempted (805).
The only other player to get any first place votes from the media was LeBron James, who admitted that Durant was the clear MVP at a couple times this season. My favorite part of the press conference was when he talked about how Butler put a piece of paper in Durant’s locker that read “KD MVP”. Beautiful.
It will be fun to watch how the Oklahoma City Thunder respond in their game tonight, and my prediction is that they will even up the series tonight but ultimately lose in six games.
A loss tonight would mean that they are most likely on their way out of the playoffs, and that would certainly cast Durant and Russell Westbrook’s future in doubt. A win would even up the series, and then put the onus on the Thunder to take back home court advantage in game 3. Should be an amazing game tonight, and if any of you are planning on missing it, then I highly advise you to reschedule your plans.