Over his last five games, the NBA's leading MVP candidate has picked up the slack left behind by Russell Westbrook's absence in a big way, averaging 40.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists per contest while shooting 59 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
It's left the entire basketball world in a state of shock and awe, and tweets like these have become relatively commonplace:
Shoot it from halfcourt, Durant!— Joseph Flynn (@ChinaJoeFlynn) January 22, 2014
Durant, just stop. You're too good right now.— Brett Poirier NBA (@BrettNBA) January 22, 2014
Kevin Durant being clutch, scoring 43. Nothing new.— JRSportBrief (@JRSportBrief) January 22, 2014
That's just what happens when a player drops 54 points, then goes for 30 points and nine assists two nights later, then puts up another 46 with just one night of rest under his belt. And trust me when I say that it's not being overlooked by the league's reigning MVP:
LeBron on Durant: "You know I know. It's like I've got a K.D. (app) on my phone." From folks keeping him up to speed.— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) January 22, 2014
LeBron's comments on Durant are nothing new.
Just under a week before he revealed this to the world, the James admitted to ESPN's Tom Haberstroh that he was jealous of Durant's shot totals.
I get jealous sometimes when I look over at KD and he's like 16-for-32 (from the field) and then 14-for-34...Man," said the Miami Heat superstar. "But there are games where I have it going, and then at the end of the game, I'm like, damn, I shot just 12-for-16? Why don't I get up at least six or seven more? I definitely notice it.
Well, LeBron no longer has a need to be jealous of the shot attempts.
Now he just has to be envious of the scoring success that the OKC superstar is enjoying. Going 16-of-32 and 14-of-34? Psh.
Try 19-of-28, 10-of-15 and 17-of-25.
After all, that's what Durant has shot in each of his past three outings.
But don't tell LeBron. He already knows that.