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Deke: Durant's "reliability" proves too much for Grizzlies

On the same day that he had to answer questions about a newspaper article that called him “Mr. Unreliable," OKC’s Kevin Durant had a monster game in the Thunder’s 104-84 win over Memphis.  The win allows OKC to force a game seven between these two clubs Saturday in Oklahoma.

Sometimes attention grabbing headlines can backfire.  And we are in the midst of possibly seeing a huge mistake made on the part of the Oklahoman newspaper.  Did the headlines motivate KD?  Did the extra attention that came along with the negative headline serve as a slice of humble pie to the possible NBA MVP?  I can’t drop the science on that one, but I’ll tell you that Durant matched a playoff high with 36 points and he has put his team back in the Western Conference Title hunt.

Folks, I’m telling you if you have not been watching these NBA Playoffs you are missing some historic, must-see drama.  On and off the court, the NBA has raised its game and the ratings should serve up some of the best the league has seen.

We’ve seen a record number of overtime games in the first round, an owner has been banned for life, and the MVP (more than likely) of the league called out by his hometown newspaper.  Wow!  Ain’t dat something?  
To those who get into playoff hoops, we are now going to be treated to at least two game sevens over the weekend.  Atlanta and Indiana battle it out, and OKC will take on Memphis in two winners-move-on match-ups.

And as far as the Oklahoman headline about Durant, let’s just say that KD has flipped the script on the paper and if the Thunder win and advance, KD will once again have what he has had all along.  The whole city will be behind him.  And the roar of the OKC fans will be as loud as Thunder!  

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05/02/2014 3:16PM
Deke: Durant's "reliability" proves too much for Grizzlies
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