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Monday night NBA grades: Is Kevin Durant even human?

Jan 28, 2014, 2:00 AM EDT

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source:  Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. At this point, I’m beginning to question if Durant is human. Maybe a Terminator sent back from the future to take over the NBA? Maybe an X-Men style mutant? Whatever he is, I really enjoy watching him play basketball. He dropped 41 on the Hawks — and that includes the game winner. It was a tie game with 22.5 seconds left, OKC was going to go for the final shot and everyone in the building — heck everyone not in the building, too — knew the ball would end up in Durant’s hands. When it did the Hawks sent an immediate double team, Durant drove right to find a little space and a third defender showed up. None of it matters. Durant drilled the game winner. Seriously, I’m beginning to question if he’s human.

source:  Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota has crawled up to .500 once again, and they did it with 31 points from Kevin Love, who was efficient with just 17 shots. He got some of those points late when Chicago had pulled within five — he made 31 on 17 shots from the field, and making some big plays including a strong move underneath and later knocking down a couple free throws. Another game like this from Love on Wednesday against the Pelicans and the Timberwolves could finally break .500.

source:  Brooklyn Nets in the final seconds. This is a punch to the gut the Nets need to absorb and move past. Brooklyn was up one with :12 seconds left in the game and had the ball — all they have to do is inbound the ball, hit their free throws then defend the arc and this win is theirs. Instead they end up turning the ball over on an ill-advised inbound pass by Deron Williams into the backcourt, which set up a Patrick Patterson game winner (as Williams bought a little fake and slid right past him). The Raptors closed this game out on an 8-3 run — Brooklyn blew it. They would have been half a game behind Toronto for the Atlantic Division lead, now they are 2.5 back and have a lot more ground to make up.

source:  Gerald Green, Phoenix Suns. The Suns picked up another win on the road out East and Green was a main reason, scoring 30 points on 10-of-12 shooting. He had a dozen points in the first quarter when the Suns pulled away, then he had 11 in the fourth quarter holding off some Sixers runs. He’s always been athletic but he is showing a more rounded game this season in the Valley of the Sun.

  1. money2long - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    we’ll find out wednesday

  2. heatlebronwade - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:36 AM

    Darant wouldnt even be winning right now if not for rest of the team playing hard and excecuting. His arms an legs are too skinny to lead his team to the finals. Once the Heat get hot its over

    When Wade is healthy its over.

  3. heatlebronwade - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:43 AM

    Kevin Love is overated and is under 500 as a player. If he played on a team like the Spurs hed be 4th option and he brings there quality down. he does’nt shoot from the outside or ever hit free throws in consestint. IF only the Heat got rid of or didnt sign Michael Beasly they will have top record in the Nba. He is a lockerroom cancer.

  4. anth34 - Jan 28, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    What about kyle lowry. 31 points, 7 assists. 5 rebounds by taking only 18 shots. He also took 3 charges. He stepped up when derozan couldn’t play. Thats an A+.

  5. belleby123 - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Durant is amazing.

  6. ProBasketballPundit - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Slim Reaper got the Hawks and now he’s coming for the Heat and their hardware.

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