Nets’ Blake Griffin Explains How Kevin Durant Gets the Best of Any Defense

Published 09/13/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Apr 7, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) drives to the basket in the second quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


A season of vengeance is brewing in the city of Brooklyn as they return healthy this season. They have a lot of depth with their recent free agent signings, and rhe ‘Big 3’ of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving will go all out in search of a championship.

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One of the signings was forward, Blake Griffin. He impressed in his first season as not only did he recover his athletic peak but also played his role as a versatile center. However, even he can’t help but be in awe of KD’s offensive skill set.

Recently, while on The Old Man and The Three, he spoke about how Durant is not affected by any defender that is placed on him.

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Jun 19, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives past Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) in the third quarter during game seven in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant and his offensive supremacy

The talk of Brooklyn’s Game 7 exit and Durant’s Game 5 heroics came up while Griffin was on the show. While on that topic, Blake couldn’t help but talk about how impressive it is to see the ‘Slim Reaper’ pull off some of the moves he does.

Blake said, “Honestly, he does stuff all the time where you are just like ‘what.. how did he just?'”

He further added. “He just is so unaffected by any defender. I have never seen a player be less affected by somebody than Kevin Durant.”

This comes on back of KD’s Game 5 performance against Milwaukee in the Conference semi-finals. Brooklyn had just lost Kyrie Irving, and Durant truly had a challenge in front of himself. However, he overachieved any expectation and carried Brooklyn to win that game.

Jun 15, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) controls the ball against Milwaukee Bucks power forward P.J. Tucker (17) during the first quarter of game five of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

He ended the game with an all-round display of basketball. He put up 49 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks; all this without the likes of Harden and KAI on the offensive end. However, his efforts couldn’t go on all the way as he fell just an inch short of sending Milwaukee home.

Now, with all returning healthy, how dangerous are the Nets this season?

Brooklyn ready to go

The Nets were active in free agency once again as their hunt for a championship continues. After acquiring three of the most elite offensive forces, they added more firepower.

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Jun 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) shoots a three point shot against Milwaukee Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the third quarter of game one in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent Paul Millsap made his way to Brooklyn. Even LaMarcus Aldridge has returned as he was cleared to play following his retirement last season due to health reasons. While they did lose Jeff Green, they have received another impressive guard in rookie, Cam Thomas who won Summer League MVP.

Hence, Brooklyn Nets are locked and loaded to go once again. With the star power and skill set on this roster, finals should be the only goal for them. However, it will not be an easy road.

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Do you think Kevin Durant can take Brooklyn to the finals? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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