Kevin Durant, as usual, is backing up his talk with his play. The Oklahoma City Thunder star was named the Western Conference’s Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 26 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in four consecutive wins.
Durant took out some frustration on the media last Friday, upset that the Thunder, 30-12 and third in the West, aren’t garnering similar attention as the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East.
Oklahoma City has made a seemingly near-flawless transition from Scott Brooks to Billy Donovan. Since Dec. 6, the Thunder are 19-4. The schedule turns favorable this week, giving OKC a chance to build on its four-game win streak. On the horizon is an anticipated matchup with the Warriors at Golden State on Feb. 6, but before that are nine games with only three against teams with .500 records or better (Dallas, Houston and Orlando).