8 -2. 36.9/5.8/5.8. What do those numbers represent? The Thunder’s record and Kevin Durant’s stat line so far in January. Wait, want more? It gets better: .524/.397/.886. What does that line represent? Durant’s shooting averages over that stretch. To say Durant is hot would be a major understatement. In fact, Durant’s latest stretch has put him as the front runner in the MVP race as I talked about here. This stretch is great and all, but it has gotten me a little worried. Here is why.
Can Durant be overworking himself? Is he beating his body for meaningless January games? He is putting up 22 shots per game this month and his 12.4 free throw attempts per game indicate he is taking a beating as well. All these plays take a toll come June. Will Durant end up with dead legs again? Is he primed for another playoff disappointment? Here are some interesting statistics to consider: