Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Warriors' Kevin Durant held back from heckling Cavaliers fan

Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant second from left celebrates after the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 in Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals to win the NBA championship Friday Kevin Durant Loves The NBA Finals
Lucia Summers | 10 June, 2018, 22:35

The Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals, and it was thanks to a masterful performance from Kevin Durant. Curry made nine 3-pointers in Game 2 of this series, the most in NBA Finals history, and Cleveland intentionally blanketed him defensively. 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.

It was his teammates' reaction that people really fell in love with, or more accurately Durant's reaction to their reaction. 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.

The piece actually zeroes in on Durant's off-court charitable work but also his propensity to get tossed at games and his acerbic wit online. According to Sportsradar's shot-making model, Durant has scored 21 more points than expected across the entire series.

Fans cheer for Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant as he warms up for Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday
Kevin Durant mouths cussing out double-bird-flipping Kendrick Perkins from interview podium (video)

His arrival in 2016 changed the landscape of the National Basketball Association and there's no doubt that the Golden State dynasty will continue for years to come with him on the team. That's a decline of 45.9 points per 100 possessions from when he's been on the floor.

On Wednesday night, it was Durant scoring a playoff career-high 43 points to go along with 13 rebounds and seven assists in a come from behind 110-102 win, giving Golden State a 3-0 lead. But ultimately, it was Kevin Durant who was the difference for the Warriors and has pushed them past the Cavaliers on a night that LeBron was LeBron and his supporting cast was hitting shots.

Durant has once again been at his best on the biggest stage and he has the Warriors just one win away from their second consecutive title.

Trump arrives in Quebec for G7 summit, wants Russian Federation invited back
The US had imposed hefty tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from key allies the Europe Union, Canada and Mexico last week. His economic adviser Larry Kudlow backed up the call, saying, "We're going to clean up the global trade system".

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