The Return of Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant has started the season trying to recover from foot surgery. This season would mark the very first time KD would be forced to miss some time due to an injury. The Thunder were lacking much needed firepower to contend in the west as both Westbrook and Durant were out for the first month of the season. Reggie Jackson, Serge Ibaka and cast tried to do everything they could to remain competitive, but failed to translate it to a winning start.
Now that Durant is back, he is waiting to be unleashed. The Thunder are taking the cautious route with him to ensure that his health remains top notch and so that he doesn’t reinjure his foot. Though Durant may be frustrated by having less minutes initially, he will have to learn to be patient. The team doctors know what they’re doing and it’s not the best idea to let Durant endure his usual amount of minutes post injury.
Durant has had a slow start because of his conditioning and trying to get back into rhythm. Although tonight he finished with 23 points 9 rebounds 7 assists 1 steal and 1 block. Very Durantesque to say the least with the exception of possibly an additional 6-10 points, but he did this in only 29 minutes. It looks like Durant is looking to pass the ball more and rack up his dimes this season. It should help the Thunder win more games if Durant can use his playmaking skills to make his teammates better. He normally attracts the double team on a nightly basis, so a simple dish to an open player will certainly raise his stats a little bit higher.
Durant has proven that he is the best scorer in the NBA and will look to prove to the NBA that his injury is behind him. Though his injury was not as serious as a torn ACL, foot injuries could also creep back up. Hopefully, Durant can stay healthy throughout the whole season so that the Thunder can make a strong push into the playoffs.
NBA BASKETBALL: OH MY BOSH!!
It’s only fitting that the basketball community officially welcome Chris Bosh back to hoops relevance after a four year absence from posting all star type numbers. In a story that demands so much more attention than its getting, the rise of Chris Bosh has been greeted with the warmest of open arms, not only from Miami Heat fans, but from basketball fans as well.
Bosh who is 11th in the league in scoring average has wiggled his way onto fantasy basketball lineups all over America and back into the heart of skeptical Heat fans. What makes his numbers this year amazing but also believable is that when he was with the Raptors he was averaging over 20 points per game and around 10 boards as well, easily a top 20 player. When he came to Miami however, he quickly gave all that statistical goodness up, leaving analysts and fans alike asking “what happened to Bosh?” The quickest answer is "Lebron James" happened to Bosh, as the athletic forward went from a team where the offense ran exclusively through him, to a team where in most cases he was the 4th option behind the King, Wade, and even Ray Allen. It goes without saying that during his first two seasons with the Heat there was a great deal of heartache as many fans, most of whom are delusional, assumed that Bosh’s production was going to piggyback on top of Lebron's. His production was grossly over estimated and his failure to meet unrealistic expectations landed him in the dog house among the court of public opinion in South Beach. It can be assumed however, that Bosh is hardly concerned as the statistical martyr translated his efforts into 2 NBA championships and 2 more finals appearances. Not bad for a player who assumed his role as a player who assumes roles, and even though he settled into being a role player quite nicely, it was never who he was. Exit Lebron this season and enter over 20 points and 9 rebounds per game.
There’s no reason to believe Bosh won’t keep this up on a Miami team that is competitive in every game, and has really put together a complete squad in the post-Lebron era. Moving forward, don’t expect Bosh, to move up the rankings in production as there are no flukes in the top 15 in rebounds or scoring, though with the recent emergence of Kevin Durant he may slide a notch or two. Either way, you can enjoy watching one of the biggest surprises in the NBA that shouldn’t really be a surprise at all.
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