The Mavericks have their work cut out for them tonight in the finale of a long, grinding and mostly disappointing four-game road trip.
All Kevin Durant has done in two previous meetings this season is average 46 points.
He will be a defensive priority, obviously.
“We got to do a lot better,” coach Rick Carlisle said this morning after the Mavericks’ shootaround. “He’s a great player, but the other thing is he’s extremely opportunistic. Two or three times a game, they get you when they get an offensive rebound and they look to the 3-point line and they find him standing out there. If nobody’s guarding, he knocks down that shot. There’s just a lot of little things that lead to big problems.”
There was a time when the Mavericks were the big brother to Oklahoma City’s rising young stars. Clearly, the tables have turned in the last two seasons. The Thunder swept the Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs last season and they clearly have learned from some of the hard knocks they took in 2011, which included a Western Conference finals loss to the eventual NBA champion Mavericks.
Both games this season have gone to overtime, and both have gone to OKC.
“We’re making too many mistakes,” Nowitzki said. “It seems like we had OKC’s number for a long time, especially that year we won the championship. And since then we can’t beat ‘em in close games for some reason. So it’s frustrating, but we got to limit our mistakes down the stretch. That’s what it comes down to.”
Asked how much the Thunder has grown in two seasons, Nowitzki said: “They took a huge step. They went to the Finals last year and to me, they were actually the favorites to win it the way they ran through the whole Western Conference. Kevin’s playing an amazing all-around game. He’s tough and obviously (Russell) Westbrook attacks whenever he can. This is about as tough a road test as it gets.
“Obviously, now they’re more experienced. Going through tough times, you learn from losing tough games. They got a really tough team.”
Kevin Durant was born on September 29th, 1988 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Durant
September 29th, 1988
9 + 29 +1+9+8+8 = 64 = his life lesson = The final shot. The final game.
September 29th, 1988
9 + 29 +2+0+1+2 = 43 = his personal year (from September 29th, 2012 to September 28th, 2013) = Congratulations. Celebrating. Entertaining the crowd. Fun times.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
25495 439152 49
his path of destiny = 49 =Happy. Smiling. Satisfied. Wish come true. Life is sweet.
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