Wednesday , May , 25 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Kevin Durant on last play of regulation: ‘I didn’t know what else to do’

On the biggest play of the series, the final play of regulation, Kevin Durant caught the ball at halfcourt, but when he looked toward the basket, he saw three Mavs coming at him. So, he shot from at least 8 feet behind the three-point line. “I didn’t know what else to do,” he said, the frustration obvious in his voice. “I didn’t want to run into their defense and get another turnover.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: If the Oklahoma City Thunder ever wants to win an NBA championship, they have to do better than a Kevin Durant prayer from eight feet behind the three-point line.
The game was tied. There was 6.5 seconds on the clock. And the Thunder had used a timeout to design a play.
 
In these situations, great teams get a basket or, at a minimum, a good shot. The Thunder wasted the possession, and the Dallas Mavericks won game four in overtime to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
 
The Thunder may have been reeling from surrendering a double-digit lead in the final stages of the fourth quarter. Perhaps the moment got to them.
 
They have to be better. It starts with superstar Kevin Durant.
 
Point blank: Durant has to know what to do in these situations. He has to exude confidence. Most importantly, he has to produce.
 
Anything else won’t do. Not if the Thunder are serious about winning a championship.

–Oly Sandor.

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