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Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant's remarkable shooting consistency

by Berry Tramel Modified: February 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm •  Published: February 10, 2014

Kevin Durant made 12 of 22 shots Sunday against the New York Knickerbockers. I mentioned to someone that it seems like Durant goes 12-of-22 every night.

So I looked it up. And I was wrong. Durant in his previous games has not shot 12-of-22 every night.

He’s shot 12-of-22, 10-of-22, 11-of-20 and 11-21.

And before that, Durant from the field shot 8-of-21, 10-of-12, 12-of-23, 15-of-25, 12-of-17, 12-of-22, 17-of-25, 10-of-15, 19-of-28, 8-of-21 and 15-of-28.

That’s 15 games, during which Durant has made 179 of 322 shots. That’s 55.6 percent shooting. For a guy who takes a huge number of shots outside the paint. In fact, over those 15 games, Durant has attempted 90 3-pointers. That’s six per game. And the guy still is making higher than 55 percent of his shots.

Durant’s game started high this season and has only risen. But his shooting has been beyond phenomenal.

This is Knick coach Mike Woodson talking about Durant after the Thunder’s 112-100 victory Sunday:

“You could double him,” Woodson said of double-teaming Durant. “It was tough to get him in position where we could double him. We started early doubling him on the side. He posted the ball. He kind of stayed away from that at the end. Started running pin-aways for him. Then he was running pick’n rolls in the middle of the floor, which is a tough position to double team.

“They started taking (Kendrick) Perkins out of the pick’n roll, so when you got (Serge) Ibaka getting a free roll, if you sit there and double too long, he’s a willing passer now, and he’s finding people all over the place. So he was good tonight. Real good.”

Some of that is basketball jargon. But just know that Scotty Brooks got Durant down on the baseline and in the middle of the court. Hard to double-team Durant either place.

And Ibaka screening for Durant means that a double-team frees Ibaka for an open 17-footer or a float to the basket. Ibaka has been great on open jumpers and even better at breaking for the hoop, where he tends to dunk the ball with great effectiveness.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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