Former Warriors Teammate Calls Kevin Durant ‘God’ to Explain Why James Harden is So Happy at Nets

Published 01/19/2021, 1:32 AM EST
Jan 13, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) dribbles the ball against New York Knicks power forward Julius Randle (30) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Nets defeated the Knicks 116-109. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


After a gruesome injury in the 2019 NBA Finals, Kevin Durant stayed on the sidelines for over a year. He finally returned to action with the Nets this season and has picked up from where he left off.

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Tonight, against the Milwaukee Bucks, he had another brilliant performance. He scored 30 points while grabbing nine rebounds and six assists. But most importantly, he shot the eventual game-winning three. After the game, Blazers star CJ McCollum and Durant’s former teammate Andre Iguodala were praising him on Twitter.

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Iguodala, who won two titles with Durant at Golden State, had the highest of praises for the Slim Reaper. He said, “Buddy a god!” while talking about how it was amazing to play alongside him. McCollum agreed while admitting that Durant had looked like a “cheat code” when they had worked out a few times in the past.

James Harden praises Kevin Durant

After 11 games this season, Durant ranks second in scoring and is averaging 30.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game. From the top six scorers in the league currently, he is the only one shooting over 50% from the field. He is also the only one who is shooting above 40% from three. This just shows how complete his game is on the offensive end.

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Combining this with their new arrival and offensive juggernaut James Harden, the Nets have become a force. Even if they concede points, they can always outscore any of their opponents. Together, they have now won two games, and tonight’s win against the Bucks was a statement victory.

Harden had high praise for KD after the game as well. He said, “I know what type of player Kevin Durant is. He’s one of the best players to ever touch a basketball. It’s God-given, 7-foot, and can basically do everything. For me, it’s not trying to compete with that. It’s allowing Kevin to be the best Kevin he can be.”

Jan 18, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets shooting guard James Harden (13) and power forward Kevin Durant (7) high five during the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center. The Nets defeated the Bucks 125-123. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

While Harden was termed a selfish player at Houston, he is willing to adapt his game now, to play alongside Durant. If they are able to maintain chemistry, and also get Kyrie Irving on board, they will be a force to be reckoned with.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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