The Phoenix Suns didn’t hesitate to risk some of their future to win right now, trading Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson to get their hands around Kevin Durant.
The early returns were encouraging, as they went 8-0 in their first eight games together.
But Durant isn’t getting any younger, and asking him to single-handedly carry the load might not be realistic at this point in his career, especially after all the injuries.
However, Skip Bayless will always hold him to a high standard, which is why he believes he should be embarrassed for the way he played in Game 5 vs. the Denver Nuggets.
Kevin Durant should be embarrassed by the way he played tonight on both ends.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 10, 2023
Truth be told, Durant’s numbers were actually quite solid.
He scored 26 points with 11 boards, seven dimes, and one block, which is better than what one would expect from most NBA players.
He wasn’t as efficient as he usually is, though, going 10-for-24 from the field, 6-for-9 from the free-throw line, and 0-for-3 from beyond the arc.
Durant missed some shots he usually makes, but he was on the floor for 41 minutes.
He has taken a bit of a backseat to Devin Booker, who’s been on a tear for the most part of the playoffs.
Also, not having Chris Paul or a true pass-first kind of point guard has also taken a toll on the Suns offense; it’s natural.
Maybe it’s time we start giving Mike Malone and the Denver Nuggets some credit for the way they’ve played defense and how they threw different looks at Durant to try and mess with his rhythm.NEXT: Chris Paul Gives Update On Possibly Playing In Game 6