Kevin Durant is the best offensive player in the NBA right now. I’m not going to say that he’s the best player in the league, because Lebron is a better defender, but if I’m picking someone to have the ball in the last minute of the game, I’m going with Durant. This was just confirmed last night, when Durant led the Thunder to an absolute steal of game 2. Durant dominated Kobe in the last two minutes, forcing a key turnover leading to a dunk, then hitting a nearly impossible shot to win the game. Durant got a switch on the 7 foot Andrew Bynum, got around him, then floated a shot over another 7 footer in Pau Gasol. Combine that with a friendly rim, and Durant gets our play of the day.

 

It’s often been said that the series doesn’t start until the road team wins a game, and technically, this is true to a fault. I mean, the Thunder have only done what they were supposed to do: hold the home court. However, this is a heart breaking loss for the Lakers, who will need to play the game of their lives on Friday to extend this series past four games. Here’s the problem though: they have to play again the next day due to the compact Staples Center schedule this weekend. In other words, the Lakers have very little chance of winning game 4 regardless of the result in Game 3. I think the Lakers win game 3, but lose the series in 5 games.

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