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Durant Does it Again: Thoughts on the NBA for 1/28/14

  • It’s going on a month now that we’ve been talking about Kevin Durant’s remarkable run. At first it was, “oh, wow, Durant’s had an awesome week.” Then it was, “okay, this is ridiculous, Durant is soooo hot right now.” At some point it seemed like he would have to slow down, but he’s just kept moving along and the consensus reaction is that KD has ripped the MVP trophy right out of LeBron’s hands. And last night, he did it again, scoring 41 points and hitting the game-winner in the closing seconds to break the Hawks’ hearts. It’s now 11 straight games that he’s scored 30 or more points, and it doesn’t seem like that streak will end anytime soon. It’s been incredible to watch him this month, and hopefully he keeps it up. I think I’ll let Jordan Crawford have the final word on this subject. It’s from a few days ago, but it’s very relevant.

 

 

  •  Also, this Instagram post from SB Nation – re: Durant – is very important.

  • The Raptors and Nets had a thrilling finish, as the Raptors stole an inbounds pass and Patrick Patterson hit a jumper with six seconds left to give the Raptors the lead. They pulled out the win with Paul Pierce’s desperation three fell just short. Terrence Ross couldn’t quite match his 51 point performance, scoring just 10 last night. Kyle Lowry continued to make his case for being an All-Star, dropping 31 points, grabbing 5 rebounds, handing out 7 assists and getting 5 steals. The last few possessions of this one are worth checking out.

 

  • Sticking with that game, I can’t get over how much Jason Kidd looks like a fan in one of the final possessions, as he celebrates a charge call. (It’s about the 50 second mark in the above video. The over the top celebration combined with the strong “suit coat sans tie look” make him look like just a rich fan that has court side seats.

Kidd looking like a fan

 

 

  • The Utah Jazz picked up another win last night, knocking off the Sacramento Kings. It means the Jazz no longer have the worst record in the Western Conference. The Kings, thanks to their loss last night, are 15-29, while the Jazz are now 16-29. The Jazz have really come around since starting out so poorly. The return of Trey Burke certainly helped out a lot. With a top pick coming up this summer and a lot of cap room as well, the Jazz are going to be interesting to keep an eye on.

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