Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts to a play against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Golden: Kevin Durant ‘playing as if his last meal was on the line’

Posted June 6th, 2017


In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a Bevo-related item. Here is his take:

Kevin Durant has been all over the place in the NBA Finals — making threes, dunking, blocking shots, leading the break, rebounding.

And winning.


He was always great in Oklahoma City, but many of us remember many Thunder games when he would camp out in the corner with his hands on his knees away from the play.

We’re not seeing the same Durant with this energetic Golden State team. He’s more active on both ends than he has ever been, whether it’s beating LeBron James on backdoor cuts or providing great defensive help with his 7-5 wingspan.

KD is playing as if his last meal was on the line. Dude’s a perennial All-Star who always played hard but he’s playing much harder with a Warriors team that would have been favored to win the 2017 title even had he not signed in the offseason. Durant is halfway to a Finals MVP and a championship ring and while there is the perception he jumped on the Golden State bandwagon, a blind man could see that he’s the best player on this team.

Through two games of the Finals, he’s scored 66 points. Harrison Barnes, the guy he replaced, scored 65 in seven Finals games in 2016. Massive upgrade.

With that said, a rematch between these two teams sans Durant would have made for more of an entertaining series, especially with Klay Thompson’s shooting struggles before he regained his stroke in Game 2. This feels like a sweep or a Golden State win in five games.

For the rest of Cedric’s Nuggets, including more thoughts on the NBA Finals and the Deep in the Heart of Sports panel discussion, click here.

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