Doing Lines: Kevin Durant Demands Justice
Same story, second verse: Kevin Durant is back at it, taking the lion's share of all the Thunder's shot attempts. The Un-Sonics rolled into Indiana for a cross-conference affair, and Durant proceeded to yoke up 27 FGAs and nine free throws. KD came down with a somewhat efficient 37 points, a big total that just wasn't enough to pull out a win. (Surprisingly story, that.)
Just as encouraging? Three blocks and eight rebounds for Durant. KD isn't going to be a perennial All-Star at the two. He'll be making his case for greatness at a forward position. So even if P.J. Carlesimo straps him to the backcourt, it's encouraging to see him branch out and maximize his physical potential.
The Chairman Speaks: The biggest draft-day trade -- Richard Jefferson for Yi Jianlian -- hasn't bestowed any new attention on China's No. 2 NBA star. In fact, Sun Yue (yet to play a second for the Lakers) has gotten more pub than Chairman Yi this year. No matter. In a loss in Miami tonight, Yi went off for 24 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. There's the Asian Dirk we'd all forgotten about!
Reverse Magic: Perhaps the most angering line of the night goes to Rashard Lewis, who was stifled by the visiting Blazers into six points in 39 minutes of play. On the back of Brandon Roy, Portland came from behind to steal a road win in Orlando ... despite a 35-point night from Hedo Turkoglu and a monstrous 29/19 effort from Dwight Howard. Waste lines like that and feel the wrath of a nation scorned, Mr. Lewis.