Consider that, heading into Game 5, only 10.0 percent of Durant’s possessions in the playoffs came in isolation. That was 18.0 percent in last year’s playoffs.
But this goes beyond how much Durant enjoys the Warriors’ style of play. Durant told a story after the game about the Warriors’ dreadful loss in Memphis in January, in which the team coughed up a 24-point lead. Durant admitted he was struggling at the time, but at dinner in Sacramento the following night, Draymond Green gave him a pep talk, told him to get back to being himself.
To have teammates that encourage you, that lift you up, that’s what we all need in life, Durant said. And it was amazing to just see that all year, and right now just to be here with these guys, it’s amazing.
Records galore will not save the Cavs this series ‘ Cleveland’s epic first-half scoring was a great tribute to an excellent fan base, but in the end, it won’t be enough to surpass the Warriors.
With a 3-1 lead in the series, Golden State will head back home with some questions regarding their defense, but it’s nothing they can’t sort out over the weekend. Kevin Durant again was brilliant offensively. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were quiet, but they should bounce back in Game 5.
Cleveland proved last year that they cane pull off the improbable. However, winning four in a row against the Warriors ‘ even with one in the books ‘ is nothing short of impossible.