With all of the minutes maintenance programs going on in the NBA, its no surprise to see the league's stars getting some pre-playoff rest in the final week of the season, but if Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant is tired right now, that's just gonna be too bad for The Servant.
At least that's the feeling of his head coach Scott Brooks, who told The Oklahoman newspaper that Durant would play his regular minutes over the course of the last four games of the season.
“His minutes are right at 38 to 39 minutes a game," Brooks said.
"During this stretch, we’ve had eight games in 12 nights so there’s some time off that we give in practice and shootaround. We’re talking 39 minutes of your day. I think he can handle that at age 25."
Durant has played more minutes than any player in the NBA this season, and ranks second to Carmelo Anthony in minutes per game, by an average of about 24 seconds per night.
The MVP-front runner also leads the league in usage percentage, which, according to Basketball-Reference.com, is "an estimate of the percentage of team plays used by a player while he was on the floor."
The Thunder are three and a half games back of the San Antonio Spurs for the no. 1 seed in the west, but just two and a half up on the L.A. Clippers for the no. 2 seed.