Brian Phillips for Grantland:
He’ll play the most important basketball game of his life on Sunday, Game 7 at Houston, with a trip to the conference finals on the line. And it suits him, I think, that the best stretch of basketball he’s ever played is also the moment when you’d reflect on how tenuous his hold on greatness is, how easily his game dissociates. That you’d see how much awkward, grueling work went into forging something that can look so inspired. Blake isn’t a player like LeBron or Kobe, whose legends depend on your sense that they were somehow created perfect. He’s not saddled with that kind of importance. He plays like something in a comic book. He makes the game seem a thousand times more serious than it is — and so, in a different way, not very serious at all.