Hail to the king!
Fans asked God for the answer, he gave them Raymond Felton
Oklahoma City Thunder (84) v. Dallas Mavericks (85)
Series tied at 1–1
So what exactly just happened?
Obviously, the Thunder dropped that one game I was talking about a couple of publications ago in an exceptionally ugly manner. Mainly, because of this magnificent shot chart, which belongs, no, not to Deron Williams, but none other than Kevin Durant.
It's safe to say that KD wasn't at his best tonight with 21.2% shooting and 7 turnovers — numbers which he hasn't put up since his rookie season (which was one and the only game so far). Durant still got his 21 points (team high) and 9 rebounds, following by Westbrook's 19 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists, but that's not gonna compensate for the fact that it was done in a combined 15 of 55 shooting manner and by causing 11 (KD and Wes combined) of team's 15 turnovers. As a matter of fact, Josh Smith tonight had more made threes in the first quarter than KD in the whole game.
However, the main cause for OKC’s devastation was coming from the source few expected — Raymond Felton. Felton buried dagger after dagger in the flesh of OKC’s defense, casting a long shadow over the Thunder’s future in these playoffs. Is it possible that we are witnessing the demise of Curry, LeBron, Durant era and the uprising of the next hall-of-famer, the new Mavericks’ great, who will guide the team to multiple titles in post-Dirk era? Now that Raymond has seen you bleed, can he be stopped?
In order to put this in perspective, I looked back at his past performance. What I found is that the last time Raymond “The Unstoppable” Felton recorded a stat sheet like tonight (21 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists on 50% shooting) was when Raymond won Finals MVP and lead his team to the 3rd consecutive NBA title…in other words, NEVER. He has never, ever done this before. In order to find something close to this performance, I had to tweak his shooting percentage to “45% or more” (because we can allow true greats take a couple of extra shots, right?), what I got was this one game back in 2009 against Lakers, which he won, of course…probably, all by himself.
Anyhow, here’s how the world looked like, when Raymond first began his journey to the Mount Olympus of NBA basketball:
- Tuesday, it was Tuesday…because it’s significant, shut up!
- Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” was leading the charts
- Barack Obama had just become the president of the United States
- Value added tax in Latvia had just been raised from 18% to 21%, ugh
- LeBron won his first MVP…and his hair-line was a bit closer
- Dwight Howard was a solid basketball player
- Carmelo Anthony was still expected to win a ring some day
- I didn’t give a s*it about the NBA basketball
With the departure of Kobe Bryant we might blessed with the arrival of a new superstar. Now you can just lay back and enjoy how Felton is shaping these playoffs and the game of basketball.
Like Shakespeare once wrote:
“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”
Fooling aside, though, I might do an in-depth piece about the Raptors/Pacers Game 2 sometime today.