Western Notes: Durant, Harden, Redick

Staying with the Thunder presents the best opportunity for Kevin Durant, who becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2015/16 season,  to win the NBA championship, opined columnist Howard Beck of Bleacher Report on Bleacher Report Radio (audio link). Beck cited the Thunder’s myriad of injuries has the reason for the down season and added that this year should not erase the franchise’s recent run of success.

“The Thunder have not failed and they have not failed Kevin Durant,” Beck said. “The requisite talent to win championships is there. If you want to finish your career where the best talent is, where your best shot at winning championships is, that’s still Oklahoma City.”

Here’s more from the Western Conference:

  • The Rockets have had a very hard time winning games this season when star guard James Harden has had an off night, notes Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. The Rockets are 6-11 in games when Harden has been held to less than 20 points. The team is 40-12 when Harden totals at least 20 points. The Rockets have been without Dwight Howard since early February. The team didn’t bolster its roster with any major deals before the trade deadline, outside of acquiring rookie guard K.J. McDaniels and veteran guard Pablo Prigioni in two separate deals.
  • J.J. Redick is enjoying a career year and has been especially solid this month (21.2 PPG), writes Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com. The eighth-year veteran is in his second season of a four-year, $27MM deal he inked with the Clippers.

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