Another look: KD’s 4-point play

By Sekou Smith, NBA.com


VIDEO: Kevin Durant’s incredible 4-point play

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — In a season filled with jaw-dropping plays, Kevin Durant outdid himself with that incredible 4-point play from the wing against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Check it from every angle and there’s no way Durant is even supposed to get that shot off over Marc Gasol, let alone swish it as he’s falling out of bounds.

Is it wrong for us to expect to be dazzled again in Game 3 tonight (8 p.m. ET, TNT)?

Of course, not!

It’s the playoffs, where legends are made and jaw-dropping plays happen on the regular. Durant and the Thunder will need to make plenty tonight in Memphis. Game 3 is huge for both teams. The Thunder cannot afford to dig a hole while on the road for Games 3 and 4 and then return home with all of that pressure for Game 5.

Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley won the 2013-14 NBA Sportsmanship Award today, but there will be nothing hospitable about what awaits the Thunder in Memphis tonight. Grizzlies fans will have The FedEx Forum rocking and the battle between Conley and Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook should be as entertaining as ever.

But the hero ball aspect of the Thunder’s attack (namely with Durant and Westbrook taking turns playing hero) has to stop, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman:

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant have combined to take 100 of the Thunder’s 169 shot attempts in Oklahoma City’s first two games of this first-round series against Memphis.

That’s 59.1 percent of the team’s attempts.

The duo has taken 34 of the team’s 43 shots in the fourth quarters and overtime.

That’s 79 percent.

Hero ball, at least for the time being, appears to be back.

And that’s not a good thing. Never has been for the Thunder.

The question is can OKC get away from that style in Game 3 on Thursday night in Memphis? Against the gritty Grizzlies, it seems the Thunder has to.

“We have to trust what we do and not try to scrap it (and look) for the homerun play,” said forward Nick Collison. “In our history, we’ve gone to that sometimes and it doesn’t work very well.”

Well, a little bit of hero ball never hurts. It worked well for Durant on that 4-point play …

Check out this different take on Durant’s big shot …
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11 Comments

  1. jdub455 says:

    Cmon now… KD is a gifted scorer… one of the greatest all time… but that was just a lucky shot! Lol….

  2. Clyde says:

    Portland Trailblazers would be good fit for KD! Clayton Cartoon Bennett will never win championship. KD will in a few years…

  3. okc2014 says:

    Kevin Durant for MVP!

  4. Clyde says:

    Memphis in 5! OKC best team was two years ago and KD will bolt to bigger market! Even Sacramento is bigger

  5. Kome the Black Dumba says:

    Grizz need more articles about them winning the game. So does the Raptors and the Hawks.

    This shot didn’t win anything and you made an article out of it? I guess media has no love for Z-bo, Allen or Gasol who’s not your typical mainstream all-star. I hope the grizz win the series just to shake those OKC bandwagon fans out.

  6. wole says:

    Hero ball is why the thunder may not win an nba championship, ever since they got Caron Butler, Jeremy Lamb has been shifted out of the rotation and this is bad, reggie jackson has also gone missing and how many jump shots is ibaka going to sink, they need to find a way to get help

  7. That was a Tough Shot But No Foul There -.-

  8. Bill says:

    As an impartial fan, I was happy to see this play did not impact the outcome of the game. As incredible as this play was (ok, lucky), Durant was clearly fouled while catching the ball not shooting the ball. Thus, in my opinion “continuation” does not apply.

  9. Blasek says:

    Where’s the foul tho? :/ BIG shot from the -nexttobe- MVP, anyway ;)

  10. Blasek says:

    Where’s the faul tho? :/ BIG shot anyway ;)

  11. A.J. says:

    Reading Smith is like reading a bad fan blog. Cheerleading ahoy.