Durant still humble during MVP-type season

Durant still humble during MVP-type season
January 24, 2014, 5:00 pm
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BOSTON — Kevin Durant's availability is uncertain with what's being described as a right shoulder injury.

Considering the shooting clinic he has been giving the entire NBA for the past couple of weeks, whose shoulder wouldn't be a little sore, right?

Durant leads the NBA in scoring at 31 points per game.

But since Oklahoma City's 119-96 blowout win over Boston when he scored "just" 21 points, he has been red-hot shooting the ball.

In the nine games since the Thunder's win over Boston, Durant has scored at least 30 points with a 38.9 points per game average in that span while shooting 52.6 percent from the field.

Wherever Durant goes, he hears about his scoring binge of late. Text messages flood his phone after every game.

But Durant is quick to say that as well as he's played, he has seen others get on even better scoring rolls.

"I've seen Kobe Bryant score 40 points in 9 straight games," Durant told reporters prior to the Celtics hosting Oklahoma City. "And Michael Jordan had 11 triple-doubles out of 12 games. And LeBron James had a month where he averaged 35 points. So, those guys, that's something to write home about. I think what's even better about us is that we've been up and down, but these last 5 games we've been doing a better job as a team. So, I try not to worry about myself because there are so many guys that have done it before I did."

Racking up all those points may not move Durant, but getting a fifth All-Star nod is certainly something he's proud of.

"As far as individual accolades, that's right at the top," said Durant who will be a starter in what will be his fifth All-Star game. "It's something you always want to achieve coming into this league. Truly blessed that the fans voted for me once again. It's a tremendous honor. I'm gonna go down there and represent them as best that I can."

Durant lists the fans as what he enjoys most about All-Star weekend.

"And also playing with the best players in the world," Durant said. "And just being considered one of the top players in this league is a great accomplishment. I'm excited again and looking forward to going down there."