Warriors’ Steve Kerr Explains How Kevin Durant Makes Opponents Look Like ‘5-Year-Old’ Kids

Published 06/16/2021, 8:40 AM EDT
Jun 15, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts after being fouled late during the fourth quarter of game five of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


Injuries are a common occurrence in sports. Athletes focus on getting the best trainers or coaches to strengthen their core, as well as their physical attributes. As Kevin Durant missed an entire season with an Achilles injury, fans and pundits alike spoke about how he won’t get back to his best.

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But KD had other ideas. After the Milwaukee Bucks came back from a 2-0 to tie the series 2-2, game 5 was an example for KD to show the world why he is the best. On a victorious night for the Nets, Durant went all guns blazing to provide the spark for his team.

Recently, Steve Kerr sat down in an interview to discuss the talent that Durant possessed.

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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

Steve Kerr praises Kevin Durant

Kerr was in full praise for his former player. Kerr and Durant won two NBA championships in three years. The trio of KD, Curry, and Thompson lit up the league for three years.

” KD is so good, and we were obviously together for three years, but to see a guy, get his shot off so easily against the greatest athletes on earth.”

“But think about him, he faces up and one dribble in either direction and he rises up, it is equivalent to you or I playing against a 5-year-old kid. He is stunningly talented,” said Kerr.

Kerr spoke about Durant’s trademark jump shot, and how defenders found it to be unguardable. With a wingspan of 2.25 meters, he puts that advantage to great use as he knocks down tough shots. It is quite impossible to defend his off-the-dribble shot because he is incredibly accurate and lethal from range. The movement he possesses on the ball is simply outstanding while freezing defenders on the go.

Durant will hope to land his third NBA title, and it surely seems possible.

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Durant lights up Brooklyn

In what was an important game for the Nets, KD performed admirably in what may be the greatest All-time performance in the playoffs. He ended up scoring 49 points, 17 rebounds, and added 10 assists. Likewise, his defensive contributions were notable as he got three steals and two blocks in the game. Simply stunning.

Despite scoring as many points, he had an effective field goal percentage of 69.6 in this game which proved why KD was unstoppable. The Nets are the favorites to land the title because of their depth in the roster. Even though they lost Kyrie Irving to an ankle injury, James Harden returned to the team after his injury problems.

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Harden has now facilitated the role of a playmaker and is certainly helping the team out with his spacing, and ball movement. Blake Griffin has come up good while knocking down several threes in the game.

The odds are looking in favor of the Nets as the Bucks go in a win-or-go-home situation in game 6. But, nobody can deny the influence of Kevin Durant on this team. An intriguing matchup in the finals between CP3 and KD is on the cards. But can the Nets go all the way?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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