March 28 — vs. Sacramento
•Durant’s career averages against the Kings: 28.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 3.8 apg, 49.2 FG%, 23 games.
•Projected primary defender: Rudy Gay.
•Comment: The last time Sacramento was in Oklahoma City, on Jan. 19, Durant dropped 30 points on 15 shots. Gay scored six on seven attempts and grew so frustrated he got himself ejected. The only thing that will stop Durant from scoring 25 in this one is limited minutes in a Thunder blowout.
March 30 — vs. Utah
•Durant’s career averages against the Jazz: 26.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 46.6 FG%, 26 games.
•Projected primary defender: Gordon Hayward.
•Comment: According to the numbers, the Jazz are the worst defensive team in basketball, yielding 108.5 points per 100 possessions. And Durant has taken advantage, averaging 36.3 points against Utah this season. Two of Durant’s league-best 11 40-point games have come against the Jazz, who are in an absolute tailspin with losses in 13 of 16 since the All-Star break.
April 3 — vs. San Antonio
•Durant’s career averages against the Spurs: 25.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3.6 apg, 48.1 FG%, 24 games.
•Projected primary defender: Kawhi Leonard.
•Comment: The Spurs are the best defensive team the Thunder will see in this stretch. They rank fourth in defensive efficiency at 100.4 points per 100 possessions and know how to make anyone’s night miserable. Durant’s second-lowest scoring game of the season came at San Antonio on Dec. 21 when he scored just 17. But the Thunder won by 13 that night as Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson carried the load. This time, Durant will be on three days’ rest.
April 4 — at Houston
•Durant’s career averages against the Rockets: 25.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.6 apg, 48.0 FG%, 25 games.
•Projected primary defender: Chandler Parsons
•Comment: If he makes it this far, Durant can tie MJ’s record with another 25 against the Rockets. Even against solid defense, Durant carved up Houston in the last meeting, scoring 25 of his game-high 42 points in the second half on March 11. And if he does make it this far, nothing will stop Durant from pouring in 25.
April 6 — at Phoenix
•Durant’s career averages against the Suns: 26.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.6 apg, 45.7 FG%, 24 games.
•Projected primary defender: P.J. Tucker
•Comment: This one already is slated for NBA TV, allowing the country an opportunity to see history made.