NEW ORLEANS – Kevin Durant charged his way into the lane. It did not matter that each time he did that, a swarm of Pelicans defenders gravitated to Durant and greeted him with sharp and quick hands. Durant still drove aggressively toward the basket.
This time, the approach paid off. Durant made a left-handed reverse layup. But the play caused him to lose his left shoe. That was not going to stop Durant, though.
He picked up the shoe. He sprinted down the other end of the court holding a shoe in his left hand and wearing only a sock on his left foot. Then shortly after tossing the shoe to the sideline, Durant swatted away a putback attempt from New Orleans forward Tony Allen. Seconds later, Durant stuffed Allen again.
“Luckily Tony Allen put the ball right in my face,” Durant joked.
Luckily for the Warriors, Durant was there to block the shot. He did that plenty of times more en route toward posting a career-high seven blocks in the Warriors’ 128-120 victory over the Pelicans on Friday. Durant also posted 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting.
In related news, Warriors coach Steve Kerr argued that “KD’s defense changed the game for us. Kerr also joked Durant that set a record by blocking two shots, while wearing one shoe. That play illustrated a huge goal Durant wants to accomplish on his bucket list.
“I want to be one of the best defenders in the league,” Durant said.
Durant is also often known as one of the best players in the league, period. He has made eight NBA All-Star teams. He landed on the NBA All-First team five times and the All-Second team two times. He has won both a regular-season MVP and a Finals MVP. Yet, Durant does not have a defensive accolade yet in his 10-year
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports