You just keep wondering: can he keep this up?
How many times can a guy go into hero mode?
How much can he be depended on?
“He's an amazing player that brings it every night,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “He did everything he can possibly do.
“He put us in a position to win the game.”
And it doesn't sound like the Thunder is willing to ask any less of him moving forward.
“He can carry a team,” Brooks said.
But it was clear down the stretch Tuesday that he needed help that never materialized. He missed a three with a little less than two minutes left, then the next Thunder possession he committed that turnover when Allen pulled the chair out from under him. It was his fifth turnover of the game. There was another miss from behind the three-point line on the next possession.
When plays needed to be made Tuesday, Durant didn't make them.
“I made those shots last game. I missed them this game,” Durant said. “I'm going to keep taking them. I'm going to continue to be aggressive, no matter if I make it or I miss it.”
Maybe Durant can do more.
He says he can.
“I always can do more,” he said. “I've got to put my teammates in better position to score. I turned the ball over too much. I thought I could've made better passes. I shot some shots when I should've drove, when I should've got closer.”
Maybe he can do all of those things. Maybe we still haven't seen the limit of what he's capable of.
But there was a limit Tuesday night.
And it meant that a big-time performance didn't lead to a big-time win.