During his first six seasons in the NBA, LeBron James led his team to five winning records and four playoff appearances, losing twice in the second round, once in the conference finals and once in the NBA Finals. He was 24, two months from 25, when his seventh season started.

During his first six seasons in the NBA, Kevin Durant led his team to four winning records and four playoff appearances, losing once in the first round, once in the second round, once in the conference finals and once in the NBA Finals. He had just turned 25 when his seventh season—this season—started.

Seems similar? Sure.

Still, there's been one key difference when it comes to the Thunder star.

He has taken less, well, heat.

The public and press have gushed, with good reason, about Durant's spectacular, MVP-worthy statistics this season—all while remaining largely quiet about his championship quest. There's been little conversation, prior to the upcoming All-Star weekend, about the consequences if he fails to capture his first title this June.

Naturally, many gave him a pass for falling short last postseason following Russell Westbrook's season-ending knee injury in the first round.