Check out where Kevin Durant had the ball in game 2. With a defender much smaller than him.
Instead of posting up and shooting over a chair, from around here, KD had the ball all the way out, and had to deal with one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA.
All of a sudden, he’s in trouble, in a crowded area, under pressure, and turns the ball over.
Same thing here, as once again under pressure he commits an offensive foul.
So why would you have him dribbling the ball outside, even moving and asking for the ball so far from the basket, like Durant does here, when he could be just posted up down here and shot from close range over a much smaller defender.
And while he had his own little excuse about his lack of aggression in game 2, KD and the warriors were determined to get him going with easy shots in game 3. And I’ll explain how. What up everybody, my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it.
Literally the first possession of the game, check out his movement to get to his favorite spot around the elbow area.
The handoff with Bogut and the screen get Beverley off of him, and once he raises up there is no way that shot is getting blocked.
Just moments later, check this out. Curry is such a threat that he forces a switch without even setting a real screen. So now KD has the rookie Shammet on him. Much less of a defensive threat. So Durant casually does a 1 dribble pull up from the same spot just the opposite side.
He shot over a chair, you know that’s going in.
Watch the game clock, this is again just seconds later. Another offensive set for KD.
Double screen from both Curry and Bogut. He was not looking to pass early on. You know exactly who he is.
If you saw my very last video where I talked about how Kawhi Leonard started the game off with 5 straight possessions from the same spot, you already know that these are the types of adjustments that teams do.
Starting games off by having players take their favorite, high percentage shots, that they are most comfortable with.
And here’s another nice action, keep your eyes on Durant as he initially sets the pick for Thompson who’s a decoy on this play. But immediately after KD receives a screen himself, and he gets an open, close range shot.
And once the floodgates opened, and a sniper like him found his rhythm and his groove, then all of a sudden you see him taking and making heat checks and once again the Warriors go up by 30 but this time, they don’t take the foot off the gas pedal. So this is exactly what happens, when you make Kevin Durant mad, and force him to go all out on you.
Now here’s the thing.
I like the response from KD. I like the aggression, and on top of that although open- he was able to knock those shots down, and started the game going 5 for 5 in the first quarter. That’s great.
However! You can’t deny the fact that this pesky defense got in his head a little bit, as he once again he started off with 2 quick fouls in the first 2 minutes of the game.
Also, he once again got hit with a technical, and although the NBA rescinded it fortunately for him, Durant cannot be getting sucked into playing the Clippers game.
This is all that they hope to do. Get him out of his comfort zone, angry, frustrated, anything just to try and limit his production. And KD is too good of a player to respond to that.
On the flip side tho, all the credit goes to the Los Angeles Clippers for making this series somewhat interesting, both in terms of stealing a game from Golden State, but also for just having the intensity at a high level. Makes even a 30 point blowout pretty interesting to watch. And I’m thankful for that.
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