Kevin Durant, fourth-quarter Superman. After Game 1, it looked as though Durant might well have the best-player-in-the-league torch passed to him. Durant scored 36 points in that game, 17 in the fourth quarter, and the Thunder established the early series lead. Now, though, Durant may inherit a different title from James—the NBA star under the most fourth-quarter scrutiny. After scoring 33 points in the final period over the first two games in this series, Durant has scored just 10 points on 4-for-9 shooting in the last two.
Just as James has had to do, Durant is dealing with heavy defensive pressure in the fourth, and has to decide when to work around that defense to set up his teammates and when he should take over, defense be damned.