Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant reminds Minnesota Timberwolves what they're missing

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Will Kevin Love or Michael Beasley someday become what Kevin Durant is for the Oklahoma City Thunder? Durant, in his fourth NBA season, is the Thunder's go-to guy, a calming influence in times of trouble. Read more
fracas

Tucson, AZ

#1 Dec 9, 2010
The thing that separates Durant from Love is that Durant is more athletic and can both create his own shot, and get it off in traffic, better than KLove. This is not to say that KLove is not a good, soon to be great, player. Durant is already there.

The thing that separates Durant from Beasley is that Durant has as superior shot and court vision. I can count on one hand the number of "sweet" passes that Beasley has made this year. Once Mike starts to drive into the paint you just know what is going to happen... he is taking it to the rim, or going as far as he can, and then a shot is going up. Durant would either create a foul or kick the ball out to a sniper sitting in the corner, unguarded by the collapsing defense.

Still, the difference in these two teams is Westbrook. Neither Ridnour nor Telfair can stay in front of Westbrook. Switch pointguards and the wolves beat OKC time and time again.

If Darko plays last night the Wolves likely win the game. One last thought......NBA officiating is curious, to say the least.
Wolvesfan

Rochester, MN

#2 Dec 9, 2010
I agree with the last statement completely. I saw Love get fouled time and again under the basket and the refs never blew a whistle. I'm surprised the man isn't a mass of bruises.

That said, we once again shot ourselves in the foot during the fourth quarter - even though the slide started in the third as OKC kept chipping away at the lead. If we could just play the firxt quarter at the end and the fourth quarter at the beginning of the game, we would have a lot more wins!

Love is a joy to watch. Beasely is too prone to foul early in the game and it seems to have become a habit with him. Johnson and Ellington are good off the bench. We need Darko back badly!!!
AnthonyM

Tulsa, OK

#3 Dec 9, 2010
I have the feeling the Wolves are now one guy away from becoming competitive. Maybe Rubio, or W. Johnson, or the combination of the two will get them there.
Charlie Hustle

Chattanooga, TN

#4 Dec 9, 2010
fracas wrote:
The thing that separates Durant from Love is that Durant is more athletic and can both create his own shot, and get it off in traffic, better than KLove. This is not to say that KLove is not a good, soon to be great, player. Durant is already there.
The thing that separates Durant from Beasley is that Durant has as superior shot and court vision. I can count on one hand the number of "sweet" passes that Beasley has made this year. Once Mike starts to drive into the paint you just know what is going to happen... he is taking it to the rim, or going as far as he can, and then a shot is going up. Durant would either create a foul or kick the ball out to a sniper sitting in the corner, unguarded by the collapsing defense.
Still, the difference in these two teams is Westbrook. Neither Ridnour nor Telfair can stay in front of Westbrook. Switch pointguards and the wolves beat OKC time and time again.
If Darko plays last night the Wolves likely win the game. One last thought......NBA officiating is curious, to say the least.
I agree with most of your points, but in my opinion, the key difference between Durant vs. Love or Beasly is one word... CONFIDENCE.
fracas

Tucson, AZ

#5 Dec 9, 2010
Charlie Hustle wrote:
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I agree with most of your points, but in my opinion, the key difference between Durant vs. Love or Beasly is one word... CONFIDENCE.
Charlie,

I agree that Durant KNOWS he is special, but it goes beyond mere confidence. Love is pretty much earthbound while Durant is a high-riser. Beasley is athletic enough but doesn't have Durant's instincts regarding slashing, then dishing.

Wes Johnson is the one that needs a dose of confidence. He makes some nice interior passes, which I like, but you would think with his athleticism he would take the ball to the basket....HARD. Instead, he is looking to get rid of the ball pretty much every time it finds its way into his hands.

Put a good point guard on this team and you have a team that is instantly at least a .500 team. Almost all these close losses could have been wins if we have a stalemate at the PG position.

Darko needs to come back soon. Love is definitely out of position at center.
Jonboy

Duluth, MN

#6 Dec 10, 2010
Ridnour needs to learn to pass instead of shooting all the time.

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