Kevin Durant’s Way of the Cross continues…

Held at 23 points at 9/24 in records during Boston’s first increase, Kevin Durant He was eager to return for game two on Wednesday night. But his way in the cross continues against the Celtics, with a new weak performance, with 27 points but at 4/17 on shots and 6 stray bullets…

Recognized by all for his incredible attacking talent along with his height, Kevin Durant is considered one of the best strikers in the world, so to speak, in the history of the league. But, last night, KD finished the second half of Game 2 at 0/10 and 4 losing balls, the worst half of his career in terms of skill (regular season and playoffs combined).

“We want to put players up against him at all times, to take up space and not let him rest. We try to get him to lunge a little bit by putting different defenders on his back. That’s what it takes to try and constrain a scorer like him.” Ime Udoka claims on NBC Sports. “We want to try to tire him out and it takes effort from everyone to change on the screens, know the game plan well and have him shoot two difficult and contested shots.”

Well-equipped with elite defenders, with Marcus Smart just being named Defender of the Year of course, but also with Jaylen Brown, Al Horford and now Jason Tatum, the Celtics take turns by Kevin Durant’s bedside to battle it out, destabilizing them and propelling them into their ultimate entrenchment. And it works!

“Two or three guys run with me wherever I go. And that’s normal in the playoffs. I see a lot of guys around me every time I get the ball when I pin.” [offensivement]. »

“It’s up to me to find solutions”

Stubborn in the Durant affair, Boston’s defense willingly left room for other players, including Bruce Brown (23 points) and Goran Dragic (18 points) but Brooklyn couldn’t keep up with the pace along the length. And in “money time”, KD was still gagged, and he missed his five attempts to repay in the last quarter.

‘He is uncomfortable’ Steve Nash confirms. “It doesn’t look like he’s really managed to find his rhythm.”

Conversely, Jason Tatum and Jaylene Brown were comfortable in a grueling quarter-final, collecting 17 of their team’s 29 points during the period, while maintaining pressure on the Nets’ All-Star wing. Only redemption in Kuwaiti dinars last night? 18/20 on the reform line, which allowed him to memorize appearances with numbers.

But the Thunder and ex-warriors know this well: he will have to quickly change pace if he does not want to miss another opportunity to raise the coveted trophy.

“They did a very good job of stopping me from scoring and limiting my shots. I have two or three players who challenge my attempts and there is always someone who plays key when I go dribbling. They send doubles from time to time as well. They do a good defensive job. It’s up to me to find solutions. »

Kevin Durant percent bounce
season equipped GM minimum shots 3 points LF on Dave in early time pd Ceremony Int baby CT points
2007-08 for free 80 35 43.0 28.8 87.3 0.9 3.5 4.4 2.4 1.5 1.0 2.9 0.9 20.3
2008-09 Okay 74 39 47.6 42.2 86.3 1.0 5.5 6.5 2.8 1.8 1.3 3.0 0.7 25.3
2009-10 Okay 82 40 47.6 36.5 90.0 1.3 6.3 7.6 2.8 2.1 1.4 3.3 1.0 30.2
2010-11 Okay 78 39 46.2 35.0 88.0 0.7 6.1 6.8 2.7 2.0 1.1 2.8 1.0 27.7
2011-12 Okay 66 39 49.6 38.7 86.0 0.6 7.4 8.0 3.5 2.0 1.3 3.8 1.2 28.0
2012-13 Okay 81 39 51.0 41.6 90.5 0.6 7.3 7.9 4.6 1.8 1.4 3.5 1.3 28.2
2013-14 Okay 81 39 50.3 39.1 87.3 0.7 6.7 7.4 5.5 2.2 1.3 3.5 0.7 32.0
2014-15 Okay 27 34 51.0 40.3 85.4 0.6 6.0 6.6 4.1 1.5 0.9 2.7 0.9 25.4
2015-16 Okay 72 36 50.5 38.8 89.8 0.6 7.6 8.2 5.0 1.9 1.0 3.5 1.2 28.2
2016-17 Sudan government 62 33 53.7 37.5 87.5 0.6 7.7 8.3 4.8 1.9 1.1 2.2 1.6 25.1
2017-18 Sudan government 68 34 51.6 41.9 88.9 0.5 6.4 6.8 5.4 2.0 0.7 3.0 1.8 26.4
2018-19 Sudan government 78 35 52.1 35.3 88.5 0.4 6.0 6.4 5.9 2.0 0.7 2.9 1.1 26.0
2020-21 BRK 35 33 53.7 45.0 88.2 0.4 6.7 7.1 5.6 2.0 0.7 3.4 1.3 26.9
2021-22 BRK 55 37 51.8 38.3 91.0 0.5 6.9 7.4 6.4 2.1 0.9 3.5 1.0 29.9
sum 939 37 49.6 38.4 88.4 0.7 6.4 7.1 4.3 1.9 1.1 3.2 1.1 27.2

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