Does this even qualify as competition? I’m not talking shit or hating on anyone (and I know it’s only Game 2), but this doesn’t feel competitive on any level whatsoever. Watching these last two games felt like watching a kid throw a ball in the air and wondering if it’ll come down. The Warriors got KD. A 73 win team got Kevin Freaking Durant.
The NBA Finals record for stocks in a game is 10, once each by Duncan, Hakeem, and Ewing. Dwight, Shaq, Draymond, and Horry each had 9 once. KD’s 8 stocks tied for eighth most ever in an NBA Finals game, and by “ever” I mean since the NBA started tracking in 1984. I’m sure Bill Russell had like 20 at some point.
Steph is averaging 29/10/9 in the Finals. Durant 34/10/6 on 50/50/90 shooting. LeBron with 32/12/10 on the wrong end of a sweep. Jeez.
Except Kevin Durant is already doing exactly what we all say we want stars to do — sacrificing money and shots to help the team win for the greater good. Fans are selfish. We want what we can’t have. Kyrie is just doing what he wants, just like KD. I think his decision is dumb but more power to him.
The big man rotations have been baffling on both sides. Zaza is lost but starts every half for chunks, and JaVale barely sees the court. Tristan looked like the second most important Cav coming into the series but is getting 20 minutes a game despite being the only Cleveland big that can even remotely defend. Guess KD, Dray, and LeBron are the only good “bigs.”
Durant’s D was spectacular all season. I had him First Team All-D at the midpoint, and that was before he got to be a 7 foot do-everything center. I thought Steph might come out firing to prove LeBron wasn’t the undisputed best basketballer alive this Finals. Turns out I got the wrong Warrior.