Everyone’s Talking About What Kevin Durant Did After Game 4
Jun 10 2018 by Marjorie Miles
LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers have become the punchline of many jokes during these NBA Finals, so you can't blame the three-time NBA champ for trying to deflect some of that attention elsewhere. Through 13 career Finals games, Durant has averaged 32.6 points per game, trailing only Rick Barry and Michael Jordan for the highest mark in National Basketball Association history. Ty Lue and his coaching staff haven't found any winning solutions to the problems posed by Golden State, though, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the gameplan shift for Game 4. Durant reportedly took a pay cut to return for a second title run in Oakland this season.
His 43-point, 13-rebound, 7-assist performance is flawless for Basketball-Reference Play Index bingo. He's posted an effective field goal percentage of 51.5 on those closely defended shots, roughly equivalent to Jimmy Butler's effective field goal percentage on all shots, open or defended, during the regular season.
It was his teammates' reaction that people really fell in love with, or more accurately Durant's reaction to their reaction. Golden State has scored just 82.3 points per 100 possessions in the 21 minutes he's been on the bench.
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Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors waits for play during a 127-123 overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
One fan got under Kevin Durant's skin when he yelled "KD, U.T.'s butt!", a video from TMZ shows.
That's an absurd margin and one of the reasons Sportsradar's model estimated the Warriors to have had an enormous margin in both shot-making over the Cavaliers in Game 3, only a small portion of which was driven by creating higher quality shots.