Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant admits that he's loving the game of basketball at the moment as he continues to dominate the NBA.
The top spot in the Northwest Division is at stake tonight as Portland travel to Oklahoma (7pm CST, 8pm ET), but whether the Blazers are running into Durant at the wrong time remains to be seen.
One thing is for sure, riding seven consecutive 30 point games, the NBA's leading scorer is relaxed heading into the game.
It's only a matter of time before Durant pulls away from LeBron James in the MVP race at this rate, with the Thunder player averaging over 38 points per game since Jan 7th.
Durant's play is all the more impressive due to the fact that Russell Westbrook has been out for Oklahoma regularly this season, which has left Durant to play his own game whilst also trying to fill a gaping void.
He has more than done that with Westbrook out, but tonight will be a great test at home to the Trail Blazers as the road team will look to knock Durant off his perch.
"It's premature [talk of winning the MVP]," Durant said. "It's way too early in the season. I try not to think about that type of stuff. Of course, as a player, you'd love to win an MVP award, but I can't take my focus off the team.
"I'm being more comfortable trying to do different things. Whether it's scoring, whether it's rebounding, being a facilitator - I'm just going out there and really just having fun, to be honest."
In their first ten games without Westbrook, Oklahoma lost five, but on a good run now they will hope to win their first game against Portland this season, with two defeats so far against the Trail Blazers.
Portland lost their last match 126-113 against the Houston Rockets, and Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge admits they have to improve tonight.
"We've got to go in hungry and focus on being better than we were tonight," Aldridge said. "We've got to be better defensively and definitely have to start the game better."
The Thunder will again be without Westbrook, and the Blazers' Nicolas Batum could miss out. Portland's starting small forward left Monday's game after aggravating a broken finger and he remains questionable for the game.
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