Why the NBA Can be Entertaining in January
If you haven’t been paying any attention whatsoever to the NBA, and to be honest, I wouldn’t blame you. It’s January. Most teams are tanking to get a good draft pick, and the good teams are coasting whilst trying to get healthy for the playoffs. There is always one story-line though that gets the NBA some attention. Last year it was Miami’s 27-game win streak, in 2006 it was Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game, and this year it’s Kevin Durant. After defeating the Miami Heat 112-95 tonight, a game where the Thunder were down by 18 at one point, Kevin Durant has now scored 30+ points in 12 straight games. This is the longest streak since 2003 (Kobe Bryant – 16 games). As a Lakers fan, and a huge Kobe Bryant fan, this is the most impressive offensive production I’ve seen since Kobe had literally nobody to pass to and could be selfish. You want to know the difference though? Durant actually has a good team around him, even without Russel Westbrook. Durant isn’t just chucking up shots. He’s playing within the team’s system and they’re winning. So I say to the most casual NBA fan, watch the next Oklahoma City Thunder game that’s on TV, you won’t be disappointed by the superstar Kevin Durant.
-Carl L. Johnson