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OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant looks in mirror, sees a player who can do more

That's the burden Durant now carries as a star without a sidekick. He finds himself in the unenviable position of having to do more.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 12, 2013

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Kevin Durant is doing it all.

He's averaging 32 points, 12.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.7 steals and one blocked shot in the first three games of this semifinal series against Memphis.

He's shooting 50 percent and playing 44 minutes per game.

He's playing point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward and defending the Grizzlies' center.

“I think Kevin's playing at a level that we know that he can play at,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “This is what he does. He's a stat sheet filler. Not a lot of guys can do that. A lot of guys in this league can specialize in one thing. But he's passing, he's rebounding, his blocking shots, he's defending, he's scoring, he's getting to the free throw line ... Kevin's done everything.”

And yet he finds himself in the unenviable position of having to do more.

That's the burden Durant now carries as a star without a sidekick.

But even while doing it all, Durant is determined to do more. His team is in a 2-1 hole to the Grizzlies largely because his teammates have struggled to do their fair share.

Durant, though, isn't pointing the finger. Instead, he's looking himself in the mirror.

“I can do a lot more,” Durant said Sunday. “It's always things you can do more. I talk to one of my good friends and he said no matter how good you're playing you always can do more.

“That's how I look at it. I just got to find ways to help them out and put them in great positions and continue to just be a vocal leader, a positive leader on the bench and every single time down the court and we'll be fine.”

Durant is leading the Thunder in points, rebounds, assists and steals this postseason. Point guards Reggie Jackson and Derek Fisher are the only other Thunder players shooting at least 45 percent against the Grizzlies. No other player is above 38 percent.

Despite the absence of Russell Westbrook, only Jackson, Fisher and Kevin Martin have increased their scoring in this series from their regular season averages.

The combined ineffectiveness of the team's role players on offense has rendered Durant's all-around dominance futile.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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