Draymond Green: Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant more locked-in than ever — ‘It’s personal’ for them
Following another sizable win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green had plenty of praise for the two top dogs of this postseason — Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant.
The do-it-all power forward admitted that Curry and Durant have been “more locked in than I’ve ever seen them in their life” during this torrid postseason run, where Golden State has gone a perfect 14-0, Green told reporters, according to Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News.
Green added that this wasn’t an ordinary run at a championship, but rather a personal affair for his two teammates to settle.
“To me, it seems like it’s personal for both of them,” Green told reporters, per Connor LeTourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.
The two former MVPs have accounted for 131 of the 245 combined points scored through Games 1 and 2, with Curry averaging 30 points, 10.5 assists per game and shooting 45.5 percent from deep while Durant had put up a monster 35.5 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists per game — shooting comfortable over 50 percent from the field in both games.
Backing up Green’s point of view, Curry has managed career-highs throughout this playoff run, exhibiting the best shooting numbers, plus highs in rebounding (5.9), assists (6.3), steals (1.9), and blocks (0.3), while keeping turnovers (3.5) to a lowest mark since his postseason debut in 2012-13.
Durant has picked up his scoring ways through each round this postseason, going from a mere 21 points per game in the first round to a blistering 35.5 points per game clip in The Finals. His efficiency has been undoubtedly his trademark, shooting over 50 percent from the field in his last eight games and in 10 of his 12 playoff outings this season.
Both of these players have unfinished business with LeBron James — Durant having lost to him 4-1 in the 2012 NBA Finals, and Curry most recently in last year’s iteration.