Keeping up with KD: Busy Week For Mr. Durant
Was there anything Kevin Durant didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do last week?
From shooting commercials for Gatorade and TNT and being named an All-Star reserve, to leading the league in scoring Ã¢â‚¬” how about that season-high 45 points on Sunday? Ã¢â‚¬” Durant stayed busy.
Oh, and just for good measure, the Thunder forward and former Longhorn was scheduled to make the trek to Sillwater on Monday night to see his boys from Texas take on Oklahoma State in a nationally televised game.
Of course, that had to be the icing on the cake for Kevin, who earned his second Western Conference Player of the Week award of the season on Monday afternoon.
Can it get any better? Of course it can. But letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s look back on the week that was for Kevin Durant.
KD got things going with a pair of commercial shoots on Tuesday, with Gatorade in town to film a new series of commercials dubbed Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Making of an All-StarÃ¢â‚¬Â to showcase its new line of G Series products. Perennial All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard are also featured in the series. Some pretty elite company for KD, eh?
The second commercial KD shot was for TNT that turned out to be a promo for the upcoming H-O-R-S-E competition at NBA All-Star Weekend. Of course, your man KD is going to be defending the title he won last year in Phoenix. The camera crew followed Durant throughout his house while he tried to locate the little plastic trophy amidst all the other hardware heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s collected over the years. Safe to say it was found and properly displayed.
The camera crew stuck around for an extra two days in anticipation of KD being named to his first All-Star Game. As you all know by now, the Western Conference coaches pegged Kevin as a reserve on the All-Star team, something KD said heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dreamed about since he was a little kid. Then again, what hoops loving little kid doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wish to play in an All-Star Game?
Sure, it helped that Durant has been among the league leaders in scoring this season, but the fact that the Thunder has continued to win this season helped make KD a lock.
Now, onto the games.
Kevin continued his scoring assault in FridayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s win over the Denver Nuggets, KDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first career win over one of the most dangerous teams in the Western Conference. Not only did KD drop 30 points on 12-for-19 shooting against the Nuggets, but he came up with one of those oh-no-he-didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t plays on the defensive end. You know the one Ã¢â‚¬” KD loses his shoe, thinks about slipping it back on, decides not to and next thing you know heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s swatting Arron AfflaloÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s shot with one measly shoe on his big feet. Gotta love the effort.
Durant was back at it again on Sunday, and this time he outdid FridayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s performance. Kevin made 16-for-21 from the field for a season-high 45 points in the ThunderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 112-104 win over the Golden State Warriors. KD got it done every which way Ã¢â‚¬” up-and-under, reverse layups, fast break dunks, dunking over defenders, from behind the arc. You name it, he did it.
Because KD and his teammates never stop working, the Thunder was back at practice on Monday, when Kevin got to work on some shots for the upcoming H-O-R-S-E competition.
Of course, Kevin wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t commit to any type of trick shots he might pull during the event, but he did warn us that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s had some luck in the past with a behind-the-head shot from as far as three-point range. Only a few more weeks until we see what heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got in store for the event.
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