Juan Toscano-Anderson was the kryptonite to Kevin Durant’s Superman in loss to Nets
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant took the win in his first on-court return to the Bay Area since leaving the Golden State Warriors. The Nets defeated the Warriors on Saturday, 134-117, with Durant chipping in a modest 20 points, five rebounds, six assists, and two blocks while making eight of 19 shots from the field.
But even if the two-time Finals MVP emerged victorious against his former team, there are still some positives that Golden State can take away from the defeat, which was their 13th of the season. One of them was the play of starting forward Juan Toscano-Anderson, who finished with eight points and four rebounds in 25 minutes of action. But aside from his contributions on offense, the 27-year old also fared well during the time when he guarded Durant.
Kevin Durant when defended by Juan Toscano-Anderson last night in 3:14 matchup minutes:
0/2 3PT pic.twitter.com/ZWN5Lf4R8d
— r/Warriors (@GSWReddit) February 14, 2021
In the limited time that the 2014 MVP was matched up against Toscano-Anderson, he scored just four points, made just two of six shots from the field, and turned the ball over three times. The 6-foot-6 Toscano-Anderson may be shorter than the 6-foot-10 Durant, but he was still able to contest most of his shots and was not afraid to get physical with the former Warrior.
The Mexican-American has certainly come a long way since going undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft. He has carved his role with the team even as he is signed to a two-way contract with the Santa Cruz Warriors, the team’s G-League affiliate. Against the Nets, Toscano-Anderson was not only able to score and rebound but also did a commendable job against one of the league’s best players. He’s definitely more than just one of Steph Curry’s teammates who celebrates on the sidelines whenever he launches a three-pointer.