Man Crush Monday: Kevin Durant
This past weekend we bared witness to a couple of great NBA playoff games, ones that reminded us of the playoffs of old. It was the kind of weekend where I thought I knew who I was going to write about after Saturday, and then Sunday’s games changed my mind. It’s a good problem to have because that means the fans got their money’s worth. This week’s Man Crush Monday goes to the relentless Kevin Durant.
Durant scored 41 points in 43 minutes on Sunday to help the Thunder beat San Antonio and tie this series up at 2 games apiece. It was a career playoff high for Durant and he shot 14 for 25 from the field and made 10 of 13 free throws. In the 4th quarter he was a perfect 6 for 6 and single-handedly outscored the Spurs team 17 to 16. The Spurs led the game 81-77 heading into the fourth so there is no doubt Durant was the difference maker. He was however one of 5 Thunder players in double figures.
Durant is a four-time scoring champion but he knows that 40 point games aren’t going to happen too often, especially when you have a point guard in Russell Westbrook that is having the kind of year he is. Evening up the series with the Spurs is huge considering how they have an ability to put away a series, and excellent playoff coaching by Greg Popovich. We will see if Durant can repeat in pivotal game 5 and put a scare into the San Antonio crowd. Durant is a free agent at the end of the season and there has been a lot of talk about him possibly going home to the Wizards, or even heading west to the rebuilding Lakers. For now, we’ll see if he can head to the western conference finals.
Kevin McQuade covers the NBA for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @kmcquade9.