Oklahoma City fell to their first NBA defeat in ten outings in Washington last night, and league MVP favorite Kevin Durant says he needs to take more responsibility and step up more.
Durant can certainly be harsh on himself and he still wants more despite the fact that the Thunder player is in the best form of his life.
Oklahoma are still without Russell Westbrook tonight as they face Memphis Grizzlies and Durant knows he has to lead from the front.
"We were just a step slow in everything," forward Kevin Durant told NBA.com. "We didn't start up with enough energy and intensity and that falls back on me as a leader."
On the other side of the court the Grizzlies are finding their own hot streak, having won 11 of 12.
If rookie Nick Calathes can duplicate his most recent performance, the Grizzlies might have a chance of winning tonight.
Calathes scored a career-high 22 points - double his previous season high - on 8-of-12 shooting, and Zach Randolph had a team-best 23 in a 99-90 win over Milwaukee on Saturday.
"He's a good player. He does a lot of things," Marc Gasol said of Calathes, who also went 4 of 5 from 3-point range and didn't commit a turnover. "He has great vision and knows how to play the game."
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