There must be something about the Dallas Mavericks because Kevin Durant seems to hit some big shots against them. Maybe it is just that KD comes through in the clutch during playoff time. Either way, this is a game in which you cannot let Durant take the final shot.
The Mavericks and Thunder are facing off in Game 1 of the Western Conference Playoffs and this game paints the attitude and success for your team the rest of the way. KD hit an extremely tough, awkward shot, fading sideways. OKC ended up making it to the Finals against some guy named LeBron James. But if this game-winner doesn’t drop, we could be talking about a much different scenario. Who knows if KD would have even made it out of the first round that year, let alone the NBA Finals?
Again, as hard as it is to not let Durant take a shot in the final few seconds of a game, if you want to have a chance of winning that needs to happen. Let Westbrook, Ibaka, Lamb, Jackson or anyone take the final shot. Anybody but Durant. I don’t care how many players you have to use to cover Durant, do not allow that man to take a game-winning shot.
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The Come Up
I’m watching a game-winning highlight with Kobe Bryant on the court and surprisingly enough, he is not the one to hit it.
This is the type of shot you dream about. Counting down the last seconds of the game in the driveway — 6, 5, 4, 3 … and the crowd goes wild! Tied at 98-98 with 35 seconds to go, KD intercepts a pass from Pau Gasol, dribbles up the court to hold the ball for a potential final shot for the Thunder. Mind you, this is Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals against an experienced Lakers team led by Kobe Bryant.
With five seconds left on the shot clock and Metta World Peace in his grill, KD pulls up from 3-point land and sinks one of the biggest shots of his career. A smooth killer. The Thunder went on to win the game and the series thanks to the great play of KD.
The theme of this article is pretty simple: Do not let Kevin Durant take a game-winning shot, no matter where he is on the court.
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Ever since the Seattle Supersonics — now the Oklahoma City Thunder — drafted Kevin Durant with the second overall pick in the 2007 Draft, he has hit clutch shot after clutch shot. His superstar play has earned him five NBA All-Star appearances, four scoring championships, and a 2014 MVP trophy. The only way to win those accolades is by hitting “money” shots, the ones you practice growing up as young basketball stud.
KD has hit some crazy clutch shots in his seven-year career. Not only does he continue to hit these important shots for the Thunder, he makes them look easy. Pulling up from 25 feet with the game on the line is not an easy task.
With basketball success comes a boatload of money. And KD has been swimming in this money for quite some time. The Texas Longhorn alumni has endorsement deals with Sprint, Skullcandy, Kind Snacks, and most importantly Nike after they outbid Under Armour with a contract that could be worth anywhere from $265 million to $300 million over the next decade. With Nike, Durant has been killin’ the sneaker game, especially in the past year when his sneaker sales skyrocketed to $175 million, second only to LeBron James ($300 million).
In honor of Durant’s history of hitting important shots, Nike has decided to release the KD7 “Easy Money” colorway, dropping this Wednesday at Champs Sports. (Well, not exactly. The “Easy Money” moniker might fit Durant as a nickname but the sneaker is inspired by Ben Franklin, the guy on the $100 bill. He has a little bit of a history with electricity, as does Kevin Durant and his sneakers.) Be sure to cop yours at Champs Sports on September 10.
In honor of “Easy Money,” here are Kevin Durant’s Most Unstoppable Clutch Moves.
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