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Thursday night NBA grades: Kevin Durant is just not fair

Feb 14, 2014, 4:42 AM EDT

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source:  Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. I’ve just run out of superlatives. He’s your MVP. He’s the best pure scorer walking the face of the earth. He could have saved Krypton from destruction in the first place. On his way to the hotel after the game Thursday he stopped to save a kitten stuck in a tree. He pretended to be human for three quarters so Lakers fans wouldn’t feel so bad, going 9-of-22 overall and missing all of his shots from three. Then in the fourth quarter he dropped 19 on 5-of-11 shooting and he hit 3-of-5 from deep sparking a come-from-behind Thunder win. Durant finished with 43 points, the eighth time this season he broke 40. In between now and the All-Star Game Sunday, if he went and won the gold medal in luge in Sochi, would you even be surprised?

source:  Kendall Marshall, Los Angeles Lakers.  Who doesn’t love a good redemption story? After being kicked to the curb because he was the point guard who couldn’t shoot straight, he showed up to the Lakers — a team forced to take him out of the D-League due to injuries — and he is shooting 46 percent from three and still has the playmaking skills he always had. Mike D’Antoni’s system deserves a little credit here, it lets Marshall be Marshall, but credit the guy for fixing his weaknesses. He had 14 points and 17 assists against the Thunder Thursday.

source:  Taj Gibson, Chicago Bulls. This is why when the Bulls amnesty Carlos Boozer this summer they will be fine — they are getting great production out of Gibson and they can afford to put somebody next to him that pairs better with Derrick Rose. We’ll see who that is (it may not happen this summer) but Gibson is good. He had 16 points off the bench to lead Chicago to a comfortable win over the Nets Thursday.

  1. antistratfordian - Feb 14, 2014 at 5:33 AM

    It’s appropriate that KD chucked 33 shots and bricked 19 of them in Staples Center. There was no better way for him to honor Kobe than to shoot 3-13 from three in his house. Gadzooks!

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      Also an appropriate way to honor him by sparking an impressive come from behind win.

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        Wasn’t that impressive, considering it was the Lakers.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 14, 2014 at 6:47 AM

    14 of 33? Against the Lakers?i hope to heaven above KD gets the MVP this year.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 14, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Why? So LeBron is more motivated? Yeah, because last time he didn’t win MVP he was so motivated he turned in a laughable performance in a Finals loss.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 14, 2014 at 7:12 PM

        But what he did to the “MVP” Derrick Rose in the ECFs that year was to make him look like a 4th grader.

  3. fanofthegame79 - Feb 14, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Yeah, 43 points on 33 shots isn’t all that impressive. Don’t get me wrong, 43 points is always nice….but he had a rough first 3 quarters.

  4. sf49ers4 - Feb 14, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    11 for 20 from inside 3. KD is legit.

  5. timb12 - Feb 14, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    People would have killed Durant had he disappeared in the 4th quarter, so give him some respect for taking that quarter over. Overall, he didn’t have a great game, but leading his team from behind and having 19 in the 4th is pretty solid.

  6. drubyy1993 - Feb 14, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Lebron is more efficient and a better all around player KD us a damn good player and scorer but not the MVP but I also understand the voters are getting tired of lebron winning the MVP

  7. jbeagles23 - Feb 14, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    As a Lebron fan kd is straight up ballin. He’s earning this MVP (unlike rose). They voted for rose out of bordom, kd is playing better than anyone this year. My concern for him is does his productivity drop when Westbrook is back

  8. seanb20124 - Feb 14, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Is Marshall the product of a bad team? Or will he be a 10 yr. vet?

    • paleihe - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      He may not be a starting point guard, but there’s no reason why he can’t be a solid backup with a 10 year career. His playmaking skills are pretty impressive.

  9. velocirep - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Every great player has a bad shooting night.
    14 of 33 for 43pts is KD’s bad shooting night.
    I’d gleefully take KD’s bad shooting night with the win.
    Let me know when you find a better scorer
    …wow, get off his get off his strap

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      It’s almost like LeBron didn’t shoot 30% in a loss to last place Utah… oh wait… that did happen? Just last week? So you mean even the best players have bad games every once in a while?

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        Yup.

    • zerole00 - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      I think the problem is him getting an A+ for what is otherwise a poor shooting night for him.

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        He led a come from behind win

  10. zerole00 - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    So I’m a big KD fan, but why did he get an A+ on 14-33 shooting? That’s hardly something to write home about. I think a B would have been more fair, if only because of his 4th quarter.

  11. Professor Fate - Feb 14, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    According to this writer the Lakers really suck, but he gives Durant an A+ for finally putting down a dying dog. The Thunder deserve a C for not running the Lakers out of the building.

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