Patrick Beverley has been impressed by Kevin Durant.
Beverley spent massive stretches of time guarding Durant through the Clippers opening-round matchup with the Warriors, a collection Golden State in the end ended up profitable in six video games. Durant has had a powerful postseason run and Beverley praised him throughout an interview with NBA TV on Monday.
“I’ve guarded lots of people,” Beverley mentioned. “I went residence and I instructed my buddies, ‘He’s the most effective participant within the NBA arms down. It is not even shut.'”
The pair had a number of notable exchanges within the playoffs, together with a verbal altercation in Recreation 1 which led to each of their ejections.
Durant tallied 33 or extra factors in every of the ultimate 4 video games of the Warriors’ first-round collection. In whole, he has averaged 35.6 factors within the playoffs.
“He noticed one thing and he went at it each single time,” Beverley mentioned. “That is a killer mindset.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr mentioned late final month Durant’s play has “been off the charts.”
“He is probably the most expert basketball participant on Earth,” Kerr mentioned on the time. “He is one of the vital expert basketball gamers to ever play the sport. There’s by no means been anyone like him. 6-11, handles the ball, shoots 3s, passes, defends. He is simply an unbelievable expertise.”
The 10-time All-Star mentioned he was “tailored for the second.”
“I discovered loads as far as a participant up till this level, so I believe I am beginning to put every little thing collectively on each side of the ball,” Durant mentioned in late April. “I am not factors or pictures that I rise up, simply how centered I’m for every possession.”
The Warriors will face the Rockets in Recreation four of their second-round collection Monday. They enter the matchup with a 2-1 collection lead.