In case you haven’t heard, Kevin Durant is on a tear right now. Russell Westbrook is out, and that has only opened the door for some of the best basketball this league has ever seen. Royce Young of CBS brought us the official numbers:
KD’s January (11 games) so far: 37.0 ppg on 52-39-88 splits, 5.6 rpg and 5.9 apg. He’s scored at least 30 in nine games, 40 in four.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) January 22, 2014
That is some unreal play. Last night, Durant faced off against the Blazers –who have been great this season– and he lit them up for 46 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists on 17 of 25 shooting (6 of 7 from three). When he’s in a zone like that, there is nothing anyone can do, and the Blazers were helpless all night long. Durant scored 11 points in the final four minutes of the game, and the Thunder closed it out with a 15-2 run. Needless to say, the Blazers lost 105-97, and they were in awe after the game.
“The way he was playing, he probably could have scored on Jesus,” Mo Williams said via the Oregonian after the game. Clearly, he has the league’s attention, and with LeBron James having a down season (in his terms, he has been great this season), many are saying that Durant could be taking the next step and contest LeBron’s throne. “He’s the best player in the world right now,” Nicolas Batum said after the loss. “What can you say about him?”
Let’s hope he can keep this up once Westbrook returns, and we could see the Thunder return to the Finals.