— Scott Burris (@ScottBurris) May 14, 2014
In terms of bad playoff games, Kevin Durant was setting a new standard in Game 5 of the Western Conference semis. The Oklahoma City MVP was 3-for-17 from the field through three quarters, and his team was down 13 with four minutes to play. Events then took such a wild turn that 10 KD points and two Chris Paul errors put Russell Westbrook on the foul line with a chance to win the game in the final seconds. Durant decided he simply couldn’t watch. He sat down at the other end of the basketball court and waited. The moment spawned a Durant Twitter meme.
Kevin Durant is such a unique personality compared to other NBA superstars that the move isn’t surprising. Humble, respectful, thoughtful, and at times child-like, Durant’s mini vacation at the empty end of the court served as a moment for him to comprehend how furious and improbable the concluded run really was. Westbrook nailed three free throws and the game ended shortly thereafter. But the fun on Twitter had just begun.
Hardwood Paroxysm had initiated a photo contest using Durant’s Buddha-like image on OKC’s court. Moments earlier, it would have been easy to question why Durant and Westbrook had again been launching contested jumpers as opposed to moving the ball around to teammates to find an open man. Clutch defense and shooting by Durant brought the Thunder back. Fans proceeded to have fun with it.