NBA Crush of the Week: Oklahoma City Thunder Forward Kevin Durant

Michael KeefeContributor IIIMay 4, 2012

DALLAS, TX - MAY 03:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts against the Dallas Mavericks during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinal at American Airlines Center on May 3, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Through the first full week of the NBA postseason, there have been a lot of performances by players that would make any basketball fan say "wow." LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have been great for the heat. The familiar faces in San Antonio have dominated the Utah Jazz. Kobe Bryant has simply been Kobe and Andrew Bynum is playing some of the best defense of his career. None of those players can top what the Thunder's franchise player has done.

Kevin Durant has been an absolute monster in the playoffs, and it all started with a legendary finish to Game One in the series against Dallas.

With just one and a half seconds left in the contest, the Thunder got the ball to their All-Star forward and watched him go to work against a very strong defensive player in Shawn Marion. Durant eventually dribbled into a slightly off-balanced shot that hit the rim and bounced up before getting the friendly role. 

The Thunder would end up winning the game by a point, but the damage was done to a Mavericks team who thought they were about to steal game one against Oklahoma City. 

In Game 2, the Mavericks had chances to win again, but Durant hit some very clutch free throws down the stretch to ensure the Thunder would head to Dallas up by two games.

Game 3 was an absolute slaughter for Durant and the Thunder over the Mavericks. After two heart stopping wins in the first two games, Kevin Durant went absolutely gangbusters from the beginning in Game 3. Durant started early and finished strong, with 31 points and six assists on the night. 

As expected, Kevin Durant is having a phenomenal season, and equally as good of a postseason. As good as he's been during the games, the best part about Durant is his ability to finish games. Durant is becoming a go-to guy for those last second shots. With just a little time on the clock, Durant continues to prove that, if you get him a ball, he will make the other team pay. 

Because of what he did this week, his late inning heroics and the fact that his team is cruising over the defending champs, Kevin Durant is most definitely this week's Crush of the Week!