KD Has Been On Fire Against Blazers
Thunder superstar Kevin Durant has been named the NBA's Western Conference Player of the Week for averaging almost 32 points and nine assists during four games last week.
A day after winning the award he's getting ready to play the team his lit up more than any other this season, the Portland Trail Blazers.
Durant is averaging almost 39 points in three games against Portland this season. Those high scoring nights haven't always led to wins though, the Thunder are just 1-2 against Portland this season.
Durant had one of his epic nights in the Thunder's lone win, which came last month in OKC. KD scored 46 points, including 11 in the last 3:23 of the game to secure the win.
That night Durant got his 46 points on just 25 shots and Trail Blazers head coach and former OU star Terry Stotts called it an, "MVP performance," and Durant continues to garner the most talk as the likely MVP of the league this season.
Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge has had some of his own MVP-like performances against Oklahoma City. He comes into tonight's game averaging 31 points and 14 rebounds against the Thunder this season.
The Blazers other All-Star, point guard Damian Lillard, hasn't been as dominate against the Thunder as he has against the rest of the NBA. Lillard is averaging just 16 points against the Thunder this season on 36 percent shooting and for his career averages 15 points against OKC. That's his worst scoring average against any team in the Western Conference.
Though the All-Star Break is looming this is a big game for both teams, with Oklahoma City holding a four game lead on the Blazers in the Northwest Division, with a win tonight the Thunder can stretch that lead and can gain some confidence by winning in Portland in case these teams should meet in say the Western Conference Finals.
Since the Thunder beat the Blazers back on January 21st these teams have gone in opposite directions. The Thunder are 9-2 since that night but Portland is just 5-4.
Tipoff is set for 9:10 Oklahoma time and you can see it on Fox Sports Oklahoma. After the game the Thunder will fly to L.A. for Thursday night's game with the Lakers then it's on to New Orleans and All-Star Weekend for some and back home for others.