What 2 Watch 4 - Trail Blazers Vs. Thunder

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Nicolas Batum vs. Kevin Durant

Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant may be best known in the NBA for his ability to score (he has won three scoring titles after all). But perhaps his greatness as a scorer overshadows the fact that he helps his team win in a number of ways. He’s the kind of dual-threat player who puts his fingerprints all over every game he touches. In other words, he’s like Portland’s Nicolas Batum. Want proof? Only two NBA players are averaging at least 13 points, six rebounds and five assists this season – Batum and Durant. So while the Trail Blazers forward may not boast Durant’s NBA-best 28.2 scoring average, few players contribute as consistently across the board to his team’s success. Batum ranks among the game’s top 40 players this season in assists (5.1), 3-pointers made (38), steals (1.22) and minutes played (35.8). And for Portland to be successful in this contest, he will have to excel in yet another important aspect of his game – defense. In part thanks to Batum’s efforts over the years, Durant’s 23.8 points per game vs. Portland represent his lowest career scoring average against any Western Conference team.

Nicolas Batum

• Ranks among the NBA’s top 40 players in assists (5.1), 3-pointers (38), steals (1.22) and minutes (35.8)
• Increased his scoring and rebounding averages in each of his first five NBA seasons
• Has made at least one three-pointer in every game so far this season

Kevin Durant

• Leads the NBA with 28.2 points per game after winning the league’s scoring title in three of the past four seasons (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12)
• Increased his scoring average every year since the 2010-11 season
• His 23.8 points per game vs. Portland is his lowest career scoring average against any Western Conference team