If it's possible for a top-5 player in the NBA to have a breakout performance, that is what Kevin Durant is doing in this year's playoffs. On Saturday night, he hit another game-winner to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 3-1 series lead over the Los Angeles Lakers.
SB Nation's Bomani Jones says that Durant has become a great leader on top of all his other accolades.
When the rubber met the road, Durant was there, totally prepared for the moment. He's been damn near unguardable for years. Late in games -- like Games 2 and 4 -- when guys like World Peace can't manhandle him to keep him from the ball, he's unstoppable. In Game 4, when he took the challenge of guarding Kobe Bryant down the stretch, he looked totally like a man capable of leading a team to a championship right now.
A win on Monday would mean only the San Antonio Spurs stand between Durant and the NBA Finals.