Durant is going to need some help

How many shots is too many shots for the Thunder All-Star

11/1/13 in NBA   |   andrewgilman   |   20 respect

Did Kevin Durant shoot too much? Or is that just what it takes to win?
 
Well, the immediate return on that question is that the Oklahoma City forward did everything he could to help the Thunder win its opener Wednesday night in Salt Lake City against the Jazz.
 
But dig a bit deeper.
 
Sure, Durant didn't have the luxury of guard Russell Westbrook playing last night, but the Oklahoma City offense had little else beside Durant in the 101-98 victory.
 
Oct 30, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) is defended by Utah Jazz small forward Mike Harris (33) during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena. Oklahoma City won 101-98. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY SportsDurant shot it 24 times, had just nine made field goals and got to the free throw line 24 times on his way to 42 points. That's called high-volume. If Kobe Bryant does that kind of thing it's considered selfish. However, Durant has a track record of being liked, so his Wednesday night effort could be considered gritty.
 
Aside from guard Reggie Jackson's lucky desperation 3-pointer, only Durant scored in the fourth quarter. The Thunder scored 20 points total, but didn't have a field goal in the last 4 minutes.
 
All of this was against the Jazz, a team likely to finish at the bottom of the Western Conference.
 
No one passed (nine total assists). No one stepped up as the No. 2 player behind Durant. Serge Ibaka went 4-of-15 from the field. 
 
It looked like everyone was waiting for Durant to be the star he is. 
 
It worked last night. It just might not in the near future.
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