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OKC Thunder: Shooting 40 percent on 3-pointers the toughest part for Kevin Durant to join the 50-40-90 Club

by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 13, 2013

Joining the 50-40-90 Club takes skill, precision and consistency.

And lots and lots of luck.

“Playing through injuries. Being banged up. For me that's always the hardest thing to really being efficient,” said Lakers guard Steve Nash. “You're playing through stuff. Some nights you just don't have it in this league because of fatigue or whatever. Other nights you're really playing on one leg or something's bothering you. When you look at your percentages that can affect them.”

Kevin Durant is on the verge of becoming only the sixth player in NBA history to shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from the 3-point line and 90 percent from the free throw line.

He said the 3-point shot has been his most difficult category.

“Because you can easily have a bad 3-point shooting week or a month,” Durant said. “I remember I went 0-for-6 against Denver and all of them looked good. So it's not one of those things where you lose your confidence, but all your shots look good and you still want to continue to shoot them over again because the ones you missed looked like they were on line. So it's kind of difficult. It messes with your head a little bit.”

That explains why Durant's attempts from downtown dwindled as the season went on. He attempted 3.5 3-pointers in November, 4.6 in December and 5.8 in January. In February, Durant attempted just 3.5. In March, he hoisted 3.8. And in April he's down to 2.6.

“Lately I just try to not take as many and just take the wide open ones and get close to the rim,” Durant said.

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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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