I’m not sure Kevin Durant and ‘hurting a team’ are two things that go together, but according Durant himself – they do.
“I’m not doing enough to help them,” Durant said of his teammates. “I’m shooting too much. I’m shooting too many 3s. I’m not helping them out at all. So it’s not on them.”
As kind as it is of Durant to attempt to accept blame for the Thunder’s recent struggles, it’s not a matter of Durant ‘shooting too much’, but rather the loss of an important player.
The Thunder have went 5-4 without Russell Westbrook, who went down on December 27th after an unexpected knee operation. They’re just 7-5 all season without their point guard and Durant’s partner in crime.
Oklahoma City still has plenty of talent to survive the regular season without Westbrook (assuming Durant remains healthy) but they’ll need their co-star back if they want to make any postseason noise.