HoopsHype Kevin Durant rumors

May 5, 2014 Updates

The OKC Thunder rallied to win the final two games of their series, coincidentally after the headline “Mr. Unreliable” appeared in the Daily Oklahoman. The tag was for superstar Kevin Durant, who was sensational in Games Six and Seven. The paper apologized for the headline being “overstated and unduly harsh.” “I know Kevin a little bit. I would say it was very, very dumb,” Self told 610 radio. “Whoever wrote that, that was not bright from a perspective on the Oklahoman and the respect it will gather nationally. If I was the Grizzly brass, I would say, ‘Oh, gosh,’ as soon as that came out. That dude (Durant) is motivated already. I think he had a little more motivation after that. The team may have rallied around it. I don’t think it was a negative thing for the Thunder.” Lawrence Journal-World

May 4, 2014 Updates

Durant scored 33 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Grizzlies 120-109 on Saturday night in Game 7 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series. Durant looked like his usual self after struggling against Memphis' rugged defense for much of the series. The regular-season scoring champion made 12-of-18 field goals and all five of his three-pointers after struggling from long range throughout the series. "I got out of my own way," he said. "I was thinking too much. I was worrying about what you guys (the media) were saying. I was worrying about what shots I was going to shoot throughout a game. I was thinking too much, and the game of basketball is played off of instincts. USA Today Sports

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is expected to be named league MVP early next week, according to sources close to the situation. It had been widely anticipated throughout the league that Durant would earn the award for the first time in his career. The most likely scenario, sources said, is a Tuesday news conference to announce Durant's win, followed by a pregame ceremony before Oklahoma City's home game Wednesday night in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs. ESPN.com

May 2, 2014 Updates
May 1, 2014 Updates

The Oklahoman has apologized after running a headline that labeled Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant “Mr. Unreliable.” Sports editor Mike Sherman admitted that that newspaper failed with its headline, which appeared in large letters above a photo of Durant surrounded by three members of the Grizzlies. The headline, Sherman said, was “overstated and unduly harsh,” and “left the impression that we were commenting on Durant’s season, career or even character. We were not. We were referring only to the Memphis series.” SI.com

On the morning of a must-win Game 6 and days before he’s expected to win the 2013-14 NBA MVP award, Kevin Durant is the subject of a front-page column in the Oklahoman headlined “Mr. Unreliable.” For The Win

April 30, 2014 Updates
April 29, 2014 Updates

Durant's focus has been getting blurred by Allen, which is not only the highest achievement a defender can hope for against a player trying to manage Durant's talent but also a huge factor in how this series has played out. "I'm worrying about a guy coming from behind trying to block the shot," Durant said. "I've just got to focus in on the rim and my shot. I can't go out there and think too much, I have to let my instincts take over." ESPN.com

"I'm not being disciplined enough in my shot," Durant said. "I'm either pulling it back too quick or shooting too quick." ESPN.com

April 25, 2014 Updates
April 24, 2014 Updates

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