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Kevin Durant drops 36 and makes it look easy (VIDEO)

Oct 16, 2013, 1:29 AM EDT

Kevin Durant looks good this preseason. No, I mean really good. I know he always looks good but with Russell Westbrook out and coach Scott Brooks throwing lineups against the wall to see what sticks, a whole lot more has fallen on Durant.

And he’s up to it. He was 13-of-20 from the floor on his way to 36 points in 23 minutes against Denver Tuesday. He did it with drives attacking the rim, catch-and-shoot threes, backing his defender down into the paint, and even some Nowitzki-like one-legged fadeaways from the elbow.

It’s just preseason, but Durant has stepped up his game — there’s a new level of confidence, a smoothness to it. How far he can take this team remains to be seen, but he is the second best player on the face of the earth right now and he’s closing ground on No. 1. He looks like an MVP.

  1. antistratfordian - Oct 16, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    KD has been looking like an MVP for a few years now. Unfortunately, there’s this other guy out there who keeps Podoloff blockin’…

    But KD will probably Malone an MVP here soon though. This might be the year.

  2. rickyspanish - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    “there’s a new level of confidence”

    This kind of analysis is the laziest. How is confidence measured?

    I love this site as a TMZ type of reporting. If I want to hear about trade rumors or what John Wall is writing on his shoes, I come here. But if I want to learn things about basketball I look to people like Zach Lowe.

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