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KD Is A Completely Different Cat

43 points. 13 rebounds. 7 assists. 15 of 23 from the field. 6 of 9 from deep.

June 07, 2018 - 9:37 am

43 points. 13 rebounds. 7 assists. 15 of 23 from the field. 6 of 9 from deep. Last night is why Kevin Durant is Kevin Durant. Last night is why Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala wanted Kevin Durant. And last night is why this series is already over.    

Because last night was when Curry and Thompson were a combined 7 for 27, LeBron had a triple double, and Golden State cracked the Cavs…. in their house… in a must win game. Curry had the worst shooting game of his playoff career, and they still iced the Cavs to take a commanding 3-0 lead. 

But before we get into just how good that performance was from Durant, hop in the way-back machine with me.

Remember that time when people were thinking that Kevin Durant was just an also-ran on this Warriors team? I do. Because it was only a few days ago and the argument was that Kevin Durant did not fit on Golden State’s offense, that they won a title without him, and that he wasn’t helping them and might actually be hurting them.

Mickey Rourke can’t believe how badly that take has aged. 

Here are some halftime numbers: Curry, Thompson, and Green combined – four made shots, six fouls. You have three of your starters making a total of four shots and you’re lucky to be within 15. Instead, the Warriors were within 6 because of Kevin Durant. 

Slim reaper was trending on twitter and Kevin Durant was killing fools on the court. He did so much last night that I don’t even have time to get into all the highlights. Suffice it to say, he kept them in the game in the first half and closed out the game in the fourth quarter.

The pull-up jumper.

Finding Iguodala for the dunk.

And then there was this. The dagger.

That’s the dagger that you’ll remember from last night. That’s the shot that put the game on ice and put the Cavs to sleep. Forever. They’re never waking up now.

And if it looked familiar, it’s because it was. It was frighteningly similar to the dagger he dropped in Game 3 last year, with less than a minute to go, coming down the left side. Only last night’s was from even deeper. Way deeper.

But don’t take my word for it. The guys who know, know. And they know that Kevin Durant is a completely different cat. 

Steve Kerr: "that was amazing, what he did tonight. I don't think anyone in the world can hit those shots but him."

LeBron: "you ask me what is the difference between the Warriors -- you asked me this last year, what was the difference between the Warriors the previous year and this year, and what was my answer? There it is. Kevin Durant was my answer. He's one of the best players that I’ve ever played against, that this league has ever seen."

Or, as Joel Embiid put it on twitter: KD is not nice

No, he is not nice. Not if you’re trying to stop him. Because that was just unfair. Let’s be real, a 7-footer doing that? Hitting any shot he wants, being so smooth on his distributions, it is not nice. Not nice at all. In fact, it’s dirty. It’s filthy. It’s not nice. And it’s not right. 

But it was awesome. And it is why he’s Kevin Durant. And it is why the Warriors wanted him. And it is why they’re about to win their third title in four years. And saying that this guy isn’t good for them or doesn’t fit is the hottest lava there is. And an even worse take.