Texas Blues in the NBA
By Andy Denham,
11:00AM, Mon. Mar. 3, 2008
When it rains it pours for Kevin Durant. ESPN.com’s David Thorpe has had KD as the premier rookie all season long, even in late January when Durant saw his output fall and his turnovers increase. But a four-game losing streak where KD averaged fewer than 20 – he’s the scoring leader on an unbalanced team. Translation: the Sonics blow – and as many turnovers as rebounds per game. With that, Thorpe didn’t have much of a choice. Down goes Durant, down goes Durant.
After watching Kobe Bryant walk by KD for easy bucket after easy bucket on February 24, Thorpe called out Durant’s preparation for games saying, “Specifically, he needs to learn the tendencies of his opponents. Anyone defending Bryant must know that he likes to get deep post-ups in the Lakers' early offense (one reason why he's so great), so playing behind him as he crosses through the paint is a mistake.”
And getting burned by Golden State’s Brandon Wright the very next game didn’t help the cause:
KD is ranked second on the rookie watch list with 24 games left to play, so he is down but far from out. But what really makes all of this a Kentucky fried pile of shit is the fact that it’s the Hawks’ headhunting Al Horford and his four-game double-double average who took the top spot from Durant.
Tell us you remember Al fucking Horford! Tell us you remember this 'cause we sure as shit do. Horford’s now dropped his second Longhorn, and that’s what makes this turd all the more rank. Ten of Durant’s next 12 games are on the road, so we’re all gonna find out how much resolve the 19-year-old Durant has playing on his first losing team of his life.
As for your reigning Rookie Challenge MVP, Daniel Gibson, February 7, and King James and Co. traveled to Houston only to bring home a loss and an injured Gibson in front of his hometown crowd. Coming back from the All-Star weekend (and one hell of one at that), Gibson clocks in 19 minutes of work before taking the bench with a strained right hamstring. He sat for four games before taking the court again, for two games, and sprains his right ankle.
Sounds like T.J., right? Is there something in the water here at the Forty Acres?
Speaking of Ford, despite coming back from every injury in the damn book, he’s played just like vintage T.J., knocking down his share of shots and dishing the ball as well as anyone in the league.
February 22 Ford came back for 11 scoreless minutes in a 103-99 loss in New York. It must not have sat well with him. Two days later, he comes off the bench and gets his revenge at home.
Looking that good, Raptors’ coach Sam Mitchell admitted he would have to make a decision on whether to keep Spaniard Jose Calderon as the starting point guard or give T.J. his old job back.
Turns out it was a decision Mitchell never had to make. No, not another injury. Ford conceded the spot before a controversy could ever start, telling the media, "I think Jose is doing a good job as a starter, he should continue to start probably for the rest of the year." He went on, explaining in all clichés, "I don't think starting is a big deal to me, I just want to get out and help the team win, and at the end of the day it's all about wins and losses."
Still though, that’s pretty fuckin’ humble if you ask me. More concerned about maintaining Toronto’s No. 4 seed in the postseason over stats.
If Gibson can get his ankle right, and if T.J. can stay outta the hospital then maybe they can get Durant courtside tickets to a Cavs vs. Raptors first-round matchup.