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Kevin Durant Lights Up Rucker Park (Video)

NBA All-Star Kevin Durant gave the fans of New York City a thrill Monday night when he showed up for a game at the famed Rucker Park. Durant was playing for his DC Power team and fulfilling a lifelong dream of playing at the storied venue. New York Post reporter Joseph Staszewski says Durant scored 66 points on 9-11 three-point shooting. His team won a close game thanks to a monster three-pointer he nailed. Check out the video courtesy of Staszewski, as shared by I am a GM:

After the game, Durant tweeted “No lie, just had one of the best times of my life at Rucker park..wow! I love NY.”

Who needs the NBA when they can just televise streetball games? These park games aren’t the real thing, but we’ll take our highlights any way we can get em.

Kevin Durant Explains Meaning Behind Each of His ‘Business Tattoos’

Many fans were shocked last week when it was revealed Kevin Durant has a chest and stomach full of tattoos. Fans who thought he was a clean-cut, ink-free guy felt misled. No surprise, that was part of Durant’s intent. Here’s another look at the picture that captured everyone’s attention:

The Basketball Jones described Durant’s ink as “business tattoos” designed to maintain the Thunder star’s squeaky-clean image. Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman confirms that’s exactly the case.

Mayberry reports that Durant was hesistant to share his ink with the world. Mayberry wrote “Durant confirmed the deliberate placement of his designs following a practice in early May when the Thunder was in a Western Conference semifinals series with Memphis.”

He also explains what each one of Durant’s tattoos mean:

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Kevin Durant Has Been Hiding His Tattoos from the World (Picture)

I didn’t know Kevin Durant had tattoos until a few months ago. He comes across as a harmless teenager who wears his backpack to postgame press conferences. Now it appears he’s more of an on-court killer than he lets on. The Basketball Jones posted that picture of Durant from July 9th in China. Bet you had no idea he was hiding all that ink underneath his jersey huh?

Someone should tell him chest and stomach ink are gateway tattoos. Next thing you know he’ll look like this or worse yet, this.

Kevin Durant Is Not Happy to See Dirk Nowitzki Succeed at His Expense

Throughout the NBA playoffs, we’ve seen a few constants: Dirk Nowitzki putting up points, the Thunder blowing leads, and reporters asking stupid questions at press conferences. One of those dumb questions came after Oklahoma City was eliminated from the playoffs Wednesday night. A reporter asked Kevin Durant, the franchise player for the Thunder, how he felt about seeing Dirk succeed at his expense. KD gave about as good of a response to the bad question as he possibly could have.

“I’m not happy at all. I’m a competitor,” Durant explained. “I really didn’t care about what he went through the last three or four years. I know it’s been tough for him, I’m sure he’s happy now he’s going back to the Finals, but I’m not happy for him at all because I wanted to be there. But [sometimes] it happens like that.”

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Thunder Veteran: Russell Westbrook Thinks He’s Better than Kevin Durant

Oklahoma City is in the Western Conference Finals and one of only four teams left in the NBA playoffs. Because of their success in the postseason they’ve received a great deal of media attention, and most of it has been focused on the perceived selfish play of Russell Westbrook. Westbrook has been criticized for taking too many shots, taking low-percentage shots, and not deferring to superstar Kevin Durant frequently enough.

Durant has defended Westbrook repeatedly throughout the postseason, as has coach Scott Brooks. They both have said this is the way Westbrook has played all season and it’s led to success. But an issue developed following Game 2 when Brooks left Westbrook on the bench the entire fourth quarter in Dallas while Eric Maynor led the team to victory. Though Westbrook said after the game he was fine being on the bench since they won, he seemed to be bothered by it. Westbrook could be seen yelling at his coach from the sideline immediately after getting pulled.

One Thunder veteran reportedly told the NY Daily News via Ben Maller that Westbrook “thinks he’s better than Kevin Durant,” and that’s part of the reason he’d be upset to be out of the game.

Oklahoma City is a young team, so it’s pretty easy to narrow down the list of players who could have said that. Only Royal Ivey, Nick Collison, Kendrick Perkins, and Nazr Mohammed have more than five years of NBA experience amongst Thunder players. My money is on Perkins just because he’s a new guy who isn’t as attached to the situation, though I could be wrong. That really is immaterial; what matters is if it’s true.

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Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chances Plagued By Youth, Immaturity

It is the Oklahoma City Thunder’s youth that continues to plague them in the Western Conference Finals against the Dallas Mavericks — not their talents. After falling in Game 3 at home 93-87 and going down 2-1 in the series, the Thunder now face a treacherous challenge to overcome the hot Mavericks and their late-game closer Dirk Nowitzki.

The Thunder arguably have the best roster remaining in the postseason based on skill level and talent. They feature two All-NBA talents in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, one of the best post defenders in Kendrick Perkins and a great cast on the bench. Unlike the three superstars in Miami, this is a complete team. Yet, thanks to their immaturity and youth, they’ve failed to figure things out late in games to come out on top.

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Three Adjustments Thunder Need to Make to Beat Mavericks in Game 2

Led by an all-time great playoff performance from Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks slaughtered the Thunder 121-112 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday.

Dirk dropped 48 points on 12-of-15 shooting and broke an NBA playoff record for made free throws in a game without a miss by going 22-of-22 from the line.

Kevin Durant tried his best to retaliate, scoring 40 points, but his teammates weren’t up to the task. The Thunder’s performance wasn’t as respectable as the single-digit final deficit suggests; they were outplayed in every aspect of the game.

Any time your opponent shoots 53% from the field and outscores your bench 53-22, you’re in major trouble.

So what does OKC have to do to bounce back and even the series 1-1?

Here are three key adjustments the Thunder can make to win Game 2:

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