Kevin Durant: A Worthwhile Catch for the Warriors
There is a reason everyone is talking about the 3-1 lead this late into 2016. It is a record that made so many memories for basketball fans and upset a number of online NBA odds at the time.
If you are unfamiliar with the goings-on of the NBA last Spring, the Oklahoma Thunder had a 3-1 lead which they blew in a game against the Golden State Warriors (Western Conference).
The Warriors were, themselves, defeated in the NBA finals by the Cavaliers after they blew a 3-1 lead. And in looking at both those games, and the 3-1 lead that connects them, one cannot help but give Kevin Durant a closer look.
Durant left the Thunder and joined the warriors because the Thunder had nothing more to offer him, or so he seems to have concluded. The fact that the Thunder made it all the way to the 2012 NBA finals did nothing to change Durant’s mind, who eventually went to the Warriors.
And when Durant Joined the Warriors, he allowed the team to achieve ‘super team’ status, which isn’t anything new. People lost their minds when Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen somehow congregated at the Boston Celtics.
There was, even more, excitement when the Heat brought LeBron James and Chris Bosh together. Though, the Warriors were definitely something special at the time because their starting five not only included Kevin Durant but other highly talented NBA players like Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.
In fact, it would be accurate to say that the league hasn’t seen such offensive depth in a very long time, if ever. And it is shocking that egos never became a problem for the Warriors.
That is one issue that could have consumed the entire team; instead, the Warriors rose above the issue, manifesting a crew that could punish any opponent on both sides of the ball. Anyone who saw them play knew that they were an unfathomable offensive force.
That much was clear by simply looking at their lineup. However, what is often ignored is their impenetrable defense. Even putting Green aside, you need to keep in mind the presence of players like Steve Kerr and Andre Iguodala.
This is as smothering a defense as you could ever hope to see, and the warriors keep things fresh and dynamic by consistently rotating their stars. With that many talented players, the Warriors no longer need to throw their stars on the court in every single game.
For this reason, Durant and Curry might be some of the biggest athletes out there, but do not be surprised if they are given a night off or spend some time on the bench.
For a team like the warriors, there is no limit with regards to what they can do; and if they have any weakness, it is their potential for crumpling under the expectations of fans, which has sometimes looked like it might happen.
Not that they have anything to worry about at the moment; the stars on the Warriors’ roster are not only talented, they are also highly experienced so they know how to withstand the pressure.