Last night in Utah was the most alone Kevin Durant has been in a long time.
Of course, Russell Westbrook is still out, but right before the game we find out that Serge Ibaka wasn’t going to play either.
So what happens?
The Thunder lose 112-101 to the lowly Jazz, but Durant put on a show. And Durant putting on these types of shows is something that’s not hard to get used to, even if it’s at the expense of the Thunder losing a little more frequently than usual.
Durant went off for 48 points (for the second time in the last three games) along with seven rebounds and five assists. KD did need to shoot 14-for-34 from the field and 3-for-13 from three but it was still amazing to watch.
What we’ve learned about this Thunder team with Westbrook out, and it’s worse when Ibaka is also out, is that no one will be easy. The Thunder will need to play really well as a team on most nights to ensure they can win.
I think this Thunder team is capable of it, but it’s just harder than ever before. It’s harder for player like Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb to contribute big each night. But it’s not hard for Durant.
Thunder fans will always want the best for the team and winning, but there’s got to be a little part of everyone that is kind of enjoying Durant having to do everything. It’s cool seeing Durant put up the monster numbers, looking to pull up for a deep three every time he trots down the floor and just always gunning at 100 percent.
We somewhat miss out on this for guys like Durant and LeBron when their teams are so good that they really don’t need to go all out in every game, or one of their teammates can step up and kind of carry the load for a night.
The Thunder can win a title if they are healthy. We pretty much know this as they looked like the best team in the league when that was the case this season. So it’s all about making sure they’re healthy for the playoffs. It’d be nice to remain as a 1-2 seed until Russ returns, but it won’t be the end of the world if they fall down to 3-4. They can easily make up that ground.
So in the meantime, don’t panic. Just sit back, relax and enjoy Durant putting on a show that only he can.