10 Worst Single-Game NBA Playoff Performances Of All-Time
The Playoffs are when the big boys usually show up. The big stage is where good performances can elevate a player to stardom. Conversely, a bad game can raise questions regarding whether a guy has what it takes to perform when the lights shine the brightest. But still, there are bad games and then there are historically awful ones.
We've seen plenty of playoff debacles over the years, especially in elimination games and this list is full of them, with 7 of the 10 taking place with the team facing elimination.
Kevin Durant, Game 2, 2016 Western Conference First Round
Stat line: 21 Points, 9 Rebounds, 7 TO's, 7-33 FG
Back when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook played together for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Russ was the one who was usually associated with having off-shooting nights and still jacking up shots from all over the place. This time, although Russ did have an off-night, going 8-22 (36.4%), Durant one-upped him and went a ghastly 7-33 (21.2%). The usually efficient Durant had what was easily the worst game of his Playoff career.
With the Thunder having blown out the Mavs 108-70 in Game 1, many expected a comfortable win in Game 2. KD and Russ going 15-55 didn't help the cause and the Mavs pulled off a shock upset. The Thunder would, however, win the next 3 games relatively easily and advance to the next round.