Reliable Kevin Durant Scores 36 as Oklahoma City Evens Series with Memphis
The Oklahoma City Thunder were down three games to two going into Game 6 in their first round NBA playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies on May 1st when the local paper, The Oklahoman, published a headline in huge print calling Kevin Durant “Mr. Unreliable”. We’re not sure what prompted this episode of the stupids at the newspaper. Perhaps it was the fact that Durant scored 15 points in Game 4 and 26 in Game 5 after averaging 33 in the first three games. In Game 4, which Oklahoma City won, Durant did have 13 rebounds, in a game that featured Reggie Jackson coming off the bench to score 32. Memphis won Game five by just one point 100-99, but the win placed the Thunder on the brink of elimination.
Thus the headline in a really blatant example of what have you done for me lately. This is the same Kevin Durant who led the NBA in scoring, averaging 32 point per game, and who is a leading candidate for league MVP. Durant handled it well. He went out in Game 6 and scored 36 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Thunder beat Memphis 104-84.
Durant publicly blew off the headline as motivator, saying the must win game was all the motivation he needed. The series concludes May 3rd in Oklahoma City. As for The Oklahoman, the sports editor apologized for the headline.