Kevin Durant has been dominant in the NBA playoffs and has put up some otherworldly performances including game six against the Los Angeles Clippers when he scored 50 points, 38 of which came in the first half. Last night, Durant put up a game-high 29 points in the Warriors Game 2 win against the Rockets and has averaged 34.3 points per game in the playoffs. Durant has always been a great playoff performer and spoke to the media about how much he loves this time of year.
“This is where this s- is fun, this is when it’s serious and I’m just embracing it,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “I’m just having so much fun right now. This time of year is what I’m geared for. I’m just hooping at a high level and enjoying the competitiveness of the playoffs. You go through such a long season to get to this point, and now it’s time to produce.”
As Durant says, the playoffs are what you work for all season so it’s fun to go out and play in meaningful games. The Warriors and the Rockets have been big rivals over the last few seasons, so this latest series allows Durant and his teammates to be challenged night in and night out.
“The scheming, the matchups, this is when we’re studying our opponents and thoroughly watching film. During the regular season, you don’t really focus on matchups that much because there are so many games, less time to prepare and we’re mainly worried about ourselves and getting better,” Durant explained. “In the playoffs, we have individual assignments, and it’s up to us collectively to execute. And me, I’m just doing what’s asked of me, whether that’s scoring, making plays for others or defending. I get so much joy playing this game, and I’m doing it to the best of my ability.”
The Warriors will take on the Rockets in Game 3 which goes down on Saturday in Houston.