Someone at the Oklahoman Newspaper is swallowing their words right now.
The Oklahoma City local newspaper printed a story which labelled the Thunder Forward, Kevin Durant, as “Unreliable,” following a slump during the first round match-up against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Turns out they may have woken a sleeping giant.
In the five games prior to the potentially season ending Game 6 in Memphis, Durant was averaging his usual, impressive 28 points per game, however his efficiency was way down as it took him roughly 25 field goals a game to get there.
That meant his overall conversion rate was 40 percent and his 3point accuracy 28.6 percent, a huge drop from his incredible 39.1 3point percentage and 50.3 percent overall during what will likely be an MVP winning regular season.
Russell Westbrook jumped to his teammate’s defense by saying: “That [he headline] is BS in my eyes.” And so did Mama Durant who took to Twitter to defend her baby.
“Typical Oklahoman on Kevin,” she said. “UNBELIEAVABLE!! KEVIN is RELIABLE!!!”
The man in question though was a little more calm and collected in his response.
“It’s all good. I don’t really care,” he said. “Coming from my paper back at home, that’s what they’re supposed to write. I didn’t come through for the team so they’ve got to write that kind of stuff.
“As an athlete you’re going to have good days and bad days. People are going to build you up just to break you down but I just try and stay even keel.”
That he did and the game’s premier scorer let his play do all the talking. With his team on the brink of elimination in Game 6, Durant came out like a man on mission as he shot 6-10 in the opening quarter to finish the period with 14 points.
He then went on to add another 10 in the final period to finish the game with 36 points and lead his team to a series tying victory heading back to the Chesapeake Energy Arena for the decider.
OKC will fancy their chances of advancing to the second round of the NBA Playoffs on their homecourt since they had the second best home record during the regular season (34-7). However, Memphis have already beaten them in front of their noisy crowd so a similar performance from Durant will be a must.
Especially if he is as aggressive as he was in Game 6, getting to the free-throw line 15 times and missing just one from the charity stripe.
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