Kevin Durant has by no means seemed extra unstoppable than he does this postseason.
That is saying one thing for a 10-time All-Star and 2014 NBA MVP, who has averaged 27 factors per sport in his NBA profession.
However in eight playoff video games so far, Durant is averaging 34.three factors. He knocked down a game-high 29 factors towards the Rockets Tuesday night time because the Warriors received 115-109 to take a 2-Zero lead of their Western Convention semifinals collection.
Nearly as good as Durant seemed in that sport, he was even higher when he scored 38 factors within the first half within the series-clinching win towards the Clippers Friday night time. That is the second-most factors ever scored in a half in an NBA playoff sport. Though Durant completed that sport with 50 factors, he nearly actually might have stored scoring nearly at will if the sport had been shut within the second half. Afterward, coach Steve Kerr referred to as Durant the “final weapon, as a result of there is not any protection for Kevin.”
So what’s Durant’s secret?
“That is the place this s- is enjoyable, that is when it is critical and I am simply embracing it,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “I am simply having a lot enjoyable proper now. This time of yr is what I am geared for.
“I am simply hooping at a excessive degree and having fun with the competitiveness of the playoffs. You undergo such a protracted season to get so far, and now it is time to produce.”
Durant’s elevated manufacturing could not have come at a greater time for the Warriors. Heart DeMarcus Cousins tore his left quadriceps within the Clippers collection and is probably going out for the postseason. Stephen Curry has battled accidents and foul bother. Klay Thompson has had some nice video games within the playoffs and a few not-so-great video games.
Durant, nonetheless, has been nice each sport. He advised Yahoo he simply enjoys the postseason extra.
“The scheming, the matchups, that is once we’re learning our opponents and completely watching movie,” Durant stated. “Throughout the common season, you do not actually give attention to matchups that a lot as a result of there are such a lot of video games, much less time to organize and we’re primarily nervous about ourselves and getting higher.
“Within the playoffs, we now have particular person assignments, and it is as much as us collectively to execute. And me, I am simply doing what’s requested of me, whether or not that is scoring, making performs for others or defending. I get a lot pleasure taking part in this sport, and I am doing it to the perfect of my capability.”
The Rockets host the Warriors in Sport three Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET.