As the man himself told a reporter years ago, “You know who I am…I’m Kevin Durant.” After taking a year off to recover from a torn achilles tendon suffered in the 2019 NBA Finals as a member of the Golden State Warriors, Durant reminded fans around the world what a dominant player he is once again this postseason.
With his size at 6’10”, the star forward possesses a unique skill set with incredible handles, shot making ability, etc. that is seemingly impossible to defend. Even reigning defensive player of the year/MVP, Giannis Antetokoumpo, has yet been able to contain him in the first two games of the Bucks vs Nets series.
Without his co-star James Harden on the court, KD has completely taken control of the offense and has beat down the three seeded Milwaukee Bucks convincingly to take a 2-0 lead. If Durant is able to keep this up, it may give Harden all the time in the world to fully heal before returning to the court.
So far in these playoffs, Durant is averaging 32 points per game, seven rebounds, and three assists while shooting an efficient 55% from the field. If Brooklyn would not be blowing out their opponents by so much so early, his numbers would surely be even more impressive.
Coming off one of the most difficult injuries in all of sports, it is remarkable how he has not lost a step and is looking as good as ever. Just ask former greats Kobe Bryant and Dominique Wilkins. Not only is he the best player left in these playoffs, but he is striking fear in all of his opponents.
If someone with the physical abilities like “The Greek Freak” is having a difficult time, imagine every other defender in the NBA.
The Nets were picked by many as the presumptive favorites to win it all this year especially after the midseason James Harden trade and rightfully so. What they did not expect however is for Durant and company to be up by 49 points in a playoff game for example in his absence.
At the end of the day, Durant’s pure size and skill set creates a big mismatch, which then causes a domino effect across the rest of the four guys on the court. Guys will be forced to help out on KD and leave other Nets players wide open for uncontested threes and dunks.
Even without Harden, the Nets are the presumptive favorite because of Durant’s play. With a fully healthy James Harden however, the rest of the pack are essentially left with no hope to compete.
Especially with “The King” being knocked out of the playoffs in the first round, it is Durant’s crown to lose more than ever. If he does end up coming short it will be a huge disappointment for not only himself but his teammates and coaching staff surrounding him.
I expect a confident and assertive KD the rest of the postseason to cement his legacy in basketball glory.
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