Fitting isn’t the right word. I’m not sure ironic is either. But there the Thunder were, playing the Rockets once again without Russell Westbrook.
And it’s like they’ve gotten better since the 2013 postseason or something.
Without their All-Star point guard, so much of the responsibility of OKC’s success falls on the shoulders of Kevin Durant. It’s not that he needs to be perfect. It’s just that he needs to be as close to the incarnation known as KD, Destroyer Of Basketball as he can possibly be. Tonight against Houston, as Perk put it, he was “on one.” Thirty-three points on 11-17 shooting with 13 rebounds and five assists in 38 minutes. Durant got into one of those grooves in the third quarter where it looked like not even Leonidas’ army of 300 could slow him down. Step-back jumpers on step-back jumpers, galloping drives to the rim, perfect on time passes all over the floor — it was unstoppable offensive basketball.
“I’m liking the mean KD,” Perk said. “Giving staredowns when he’s dunking on people. I’m rollin’ with this.” Keep Reading…