Should Kevin Durant Shoot More?
Deservedly so, media members and fans have spent a lot of the day eating up (Kevin) Durant’s brilliant closing call in Game 1, but it’s also sparked one of those conversations that tend to happen when people are looking for something to talk about on an off day — why doesn’t Durant shoot more?
In the second and third quarters, Durant had only four total attempts. He blended in to the offense as Russell Westbrook carried seven more shots into the fourth quarter than Durant. You could already feel the chatter starting. Here goes Westbrook again, hogging it from KD.
But that’s the thing about Durant, and it’s been this way since he started playing. He will NEVER force anything. At least not in terms of isolating and playing one-on-five. He always remains within the structure of the offense, always plays in the flow and rhythm of the game. He doesn’t step outside of himself to just try and shoot. Could he maybe have scored 50 in Game 1 if he had gotten the ball more? Sure he could’ve. But what would’ve been the point considering the Thunder play just fine with him settling in and playing the way he did?
“I don’t want to sound like a jerk or anything, but I really don’t care what people say outside the locker room, outside of this organization (about) what I need to do or what I didn’t do,” Durant said Wednesday. “I really don’t care. You know, I’m a guy that lets the game come to me but is also aggressive at the same time. I know when to take shots, when to make the right play. People can say this and that. I learn to just tune it out and just play my game.”