Kevin Durant is pissed off right now. His point guard and partner in crime will be out for at least 2 weeks in the middle of the playoffs. The Spurs and Clippers start 2 of the 3 best point guards in the NBA, and the majority chance says that OKC will need to go through both of them. LeBron James is playing with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, Durant has Serge Ibaka and Kevin Martin. But that's not why he's beside himself. KD is listening to the doubters. The oddsmakers in Vegas. The dissenters. The bandwagon fans who have fallen off. The analysts and experts who are assuring him the Spurs or Clippers will be playing the Heat in June. Durant is not okay with it, and he wants everyone doubting him to understand a few things.
He wants you to understand that OKC right now is a better version of the LeBron era Cavs. That you haven't seen him as the sole leader, the alpha alpha, the guy who will be blamed for every loss and praised for every win. He wants to assure you that you don't know what it will be like without Westbrook. He wants to let the scorekeepers and statisticians know that he will be a 40-10-10 waiting to happen, and a 35-8-8 the rest of the time. That he's going to have a 40+ usage rate. That he's a 50/40/90 shooter who's going to be shooting 30 shots a game. He wants to sit down with the hall-of-famers and legends and tell Magic that he's going to play point guard at 6'11", tell LeBron that he's going to play 4 positions better than everyone in the league besides CP3 and the King himself, tell Jordan that he's going to play 45 minutes a game and might just break that 63 mark that's remained unchallenged. He wants to tell Oscar Robertson that he might drop 17 dimes, or 18 rebounds, or 15 each in the same game. KD wants you to understand that he remembers when Nowitzki tamed the Heat, when Boston took them to seven, when the Spurs swept LeBron in the Finals. He remembers when a scrappy group of first timers gave the juggernaut Lakers all they wanted in 2010. He remembers when the Thunder were down 2-0 in the Western Conference Finals and he remembers who won that series. He remembers when he hit an impossible game winner over Sean Marion, a baseline runner over Pao Gasol with 18 seconds left, a cold blooded 3 in the face of Metta World Peace. He knows that you know that he's been here before and he doesn't want you to forget it. He knows that this time it's different, but not because of what the talking heads have to say. This time it's different, because Kevin Durant has nothing to lose.