Kevin Durant And The Agony Of Defeat

For every moment of joy, there is a corresponding moment of sorrow when a great athlete comes so close to achieving the pinnacle of his craft, but falls short. For LeBron James, the joy of finally winning his first championship was overwhelming. He shed all his demons, overcoming obstacles few before him ever did, even if some were self-inflicted.

And then there's Kevin Durant.

The Thunder star is still young, but as anyone knows, nothing is guaranteed. After the Thunder rolled over the San Antonio Spurs, many expected it would be their time. After their win in Game 1, few expected the Heat would come back. Four games later, though, and the story has changed. It's understandable for Durant to be crushed like he was here.

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This scene was preceded by an odd, but somewhat understandable image: Durant hugging a celebrating James, congratulating his friend on his accomplishment. I don't know how Durant did it, but he found a way. I don't know if I could have.


It's easy to say that Durant's time will come. Just try telling that to him right now.

For more on the Heat, head over to Peninsula Is Mightier and SB Nation Tampa Bay. For Thunder news and notes, visit Welcome To Loud City. And for news, analysis and everything else revolving around the NBA Playoffs, be sure to visit SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.

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