Kevin Durant has just gotten back from an injury that kept him out of action for the opening portion of the 2014/15 NBA season, so maybe he should be taking it easy.
But it seems that giving anything less than 100% isn't in Durant's DNA as he almost injured himself in bizarre fashion last night while playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Miami Heat last night.
In the fourth quarter of a game that the Thunder were winning by six at the time, Durant intercepted a pass by Dwyane Wade and stormed down the court for a ferocious slam. However, Durant landed just as heavily as he dunked the ball.
Durant's full weight fell on his right arm with his elbow taking most of the damage following the one handed tomahawk. Durant struggled to get up and his worried teammates ran over to his side to check up on the reigning MVP.
The injury didn't force Durant out of the game however as he ended up with 19 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and four steals in the Thunder's 94-86 win. He won't be missing any more games either, which will come as sweet relief to Thunder fans.
Just a Stinger
"I've fallen plenty of times. It's just a little stinger," Durant said when asked if he will be fit to play against his hometown Washington Wizards on Wednesday despite the bruised elbow. "I just fell on my arm. I'll be fine."
Oklahoma City head coach Scott Brooks also spoke about the great fall. "Kevin is as tough as anybody in this league," coach Scott Brooks said. "He's been hit hard going to the basket many times. He's always bouncing up. He went down the court, kept his composure and kept playing."
Despite netting himself 19 points Durant shot very poorly for his standards. The small forward finished up shooting a quite awful 9-24, missing every single one of his eight attempts from three-point range.
You can check out video of the dunk and fall here.
The video does bring back Vietnam-style flashbacks of the horrific leg break Paul George suffered just before the FIBA World Cup. Don't worry i won't be linking any videos of that disturbing moment. On a better note though, George is actually back dunking and looks to be getting stronger every day.