An eight-time All-Star, four-time scoring champion and former MVP, Durant finished with 18 points in 30 minutes, good enough for third on the team. Reigning back-to-back MVP Stephen Curry poured in a game-high 30 points, and his Splash Brother, two-time All-NBA choice Klay Thompson, added 21. Durant’s scoring output was just better than that of Draymond Green, an All-Defensive First-Team choice the past two seasons, who notched his 22nd career triple-double with 17 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to complete the sweep of Utah.
He did so because he wanted to win a championship, and on Monday he sealed that accomplishment. But he got a little more out of all this than hardware. He got back to actually enjoying his job.
The Warriors’ style of play has helped that. This team has made the game easy for Durant. For nine years, Durant was starring in an isolation-heavy offense in Oklahoma City, sharing possessions with point guard Russell Westbrook. The team was talented, but Durant seemed to be less and less at ease as the seasons went on.
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Durant has become part of a team that runs a magnificent, instinctual ball-sharing offense that highlights his skill and versatility. Never was that more apparent than in the NBA Finals, with Durant earning the series MVP after averaging 35.2 points per game.
Tracy Mcgrady Mens Jersey Despite all the public hand-wringing, fact is, the Cavs and Warriors didn’t even rest players all that often this season. Golden State’s top five players rested a total of 13 games 鈥?two for Stephen Curry, three each for Rio Olympians Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and five for Andre Iguodala. Kevin Durant technically did not get games off for rest because he missed 20 games with injuries.
GM: If everything stays the same, it is a toss-up between Jackson and Tatum for them, I think. Jackson is more of an athlete, he has some pretty good potential on both sides of the ball, he could be an elite defender. Tatum is going to be a really good scorer, maybe a 20-point-per-game guy.