Kevin Durant has been called "unreliable" by his team's hometown newspaper, The Oklahoman. The paper dropped on Friday with the "Mr. Unreliable" headline claiming that the star of the Oklahoma City Thunder and current NBA's Most Valuable Player has dropped the ball during the first round of the playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies. Sports Illustrated called it a "cold move" on Friday but what do you think?
Durant comes into the playoffs as the current MVP in a race against Lebron James that arguably could have gone either way. Is the pressure of being named the top NBA player starting to show a little bit? Durant is definitely struggling against the Memphis Grizzlies defense, more specifically, Tony Allen.
Russell Westbook is a marquee player and would certainly get top billing on most other NBA teams. For the Thunder though, he is second to Durant. So why is Russell Westbrook taking more shots than the franchise player? Durant's efficiency is much lower than normal having made only 10 out of 24 shots in their heartbreaking Tuesday loss to the Grizzlies. Still he is shooting better than Westbrook and should be taking all crucial shots.
In comparison, Russell Westbrook took 31 shots but he only sunk 10 as well. It seems a bit unbalanced though that the point guard is taking more shots than the league MVP and team franchise player. Westbrook, give the ball to Kevin Durant already.
The Oklahoma City Thunder face off against the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night in game 6 of the first round. If they lose this game, the Grizzlies will move forward to the second round. Kevin Durant needs to muster up everything he has for this game because it would look real bad for the league MVP to be eliminated in the first round.