Kevin Durant: 'I'm Shooting Too Much,' Says He's 'Not Doing Enough to Help'

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2014

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Kevin Durant might want to tell Kevin Durant there is no need to criticize Kevin Durant, because Kevin Durant is playing just fine.

Since Russell Westbrook suffered another knee injury, Durant has been incredibly hard on himself, more so than usual—which is saying something.

"I'm not doing enough to help them," Durant said recently, per The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry. "I'm shooting too much. I'm shooting too many threes. I'm not helping them out at all. So it's not on them."


The only way the Oklahoma City Thunder will continue to survive without Westbrook is because of Durant, who most people would likely admit is doing more than enough.

In the nine games since Westbrook went down, Durant is averaging 34.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 37.3 minutes per game on 48.2 percent shooting. His three-point clip has dipped to 33.9 percent over that span, but he's still converting a blistering 54.7 percent of his two-point shots.

But yeah, he needs to do more. And is shooting too much.

Tell me something else that's not true.

"It shows we can win different ways," Durant said of Oklahoma City's victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, per The Associated Press (via USA Today).

Perhaps the Thunder can win in a variety of ways, but only one player can save them from a complete letdown—Durant. And that's just what he's done.

Durant is much too hard on himself.
Durant is much too hard on himself.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Durant is attempting 22.1 shots a night since Westbrook went down, fewer than three above his season average (19.2). With Westbrook out, he has to shoot more. That's reality.

Oklahoma City is just 5-4 in its last nine games, and that's not on Durant. Although he's struggled at times, he's the only one standing between the Thunder and full-blown panic mode. 

Whatever he's doing might not be enough for the Thunder to continue their win-happy ways, but that doesn't mean he isn't doing enough. Or trying enough. Or that he's shooting too much.

One player, one star isn't enough anymore. Superteams have cropped up like bottles of Ciroc during P. Diddy's impromptu Las Vegas excursions for a reason. One guy cannot do it on his own. Not even Durant, who's doing everything humanly possible to keep the Thunder afloat.

"That's what I love about him," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said, via Mayberry. "He's always tough on himself."

Maybe too tough.