Kevin Durant isn’t exactly taking over the league, but he certainly would be if he were playing in a larger market. For now, we’ll have to appreciate the performances like the one he put on Thursday night at Orlando in the same arena where he was named the MVP of the All-Star game last Sunday. He enters the weekend trailing Kobe Bryant (28.5 ppg) by a half-point for the league lead in scoring, but Durant is hitting at a .512 clip while Bryant is at .436.
Right on their heels is LeBron James at 27.7 ppg shooting an unfathomable .549 from the field.
He is never getting traded, but you cannot say the same about Pau Gasol or Rajon Rondo. Both have been mentioned prominently in trade chatter around the league, and in the video above I give you my opinion on which of the two is more likely to be dealt before the March 15 NBA trade deadline.
Rondo and the Celtics are taking on the Knicks on Sunday afternoon in a nationally televised doubleheader, and that one should be more competitive than the second one — Heat at Lakers — if recent history is any guide.
Following their 107-93 beatdown of the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night, the Heat have defeated their last nine opponents by at least 12 points.