Blake Griffin reacts to first game playing with Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant returned to the Brooklyn Nets lineup after missing almost two months of games because of injuries, and it didn’t take long before the “Slim Reaper” found his form. The All-World forward came off the bench against the New Orleans Pelicans, and it only took him 19 minutes to rack up 17 points, seven rebounds, and five assists on a perfect shooting night (5/5 field goals) from the floor.
Blake Griffin had a front-row seat in Durant’s return to the floor for the Nets, and the former-rival-turned-teammate was effusive in praising his new running mate.
“After missing two months and then coming back and looking that comfortable, it’s just crazy,” Griffin said, via Brian Lewis of the New York Post. “But in terms of playing with him, players like that, some of the guys we have, they just make the game easy.”
Griffin had a decent game of his own for the Nets, collecting 10 points to go along with two rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes of game-time action. It’s one thing to compete against one another as the two have done for the majority of their careers. It’s an entirely different thing to share the floor as teammates, a position the two haven’t been in outside of All-Star games and USA Basketball scrimmages.
Griffin’s right, though, in his assessment. Sharing the floor with Durant makes the game easy for everyone else. After all, this is someone many consider to be one of the greatest scorers in the history of the game. Durant is the rare superstar with no weaknesses in his game, and the amount of attention he draws creates plenty of opportunities for his Nets teammates.
Griffin has years of experience as an opponent to know what competing against Kevin Durant is like. Now that they’re teammates on the Nets, Griffin understands that the grass is definitely greener on the other side.