Kevin Durant still unsatisfied, despite Golden State’s 16-1 run before All-Star break
Kevin Durant has been scorching teams throughout the Golden State Warriors’ furious 16-1 run heading into the All-Star break. Yet the two-time Finals MVP hasn’t been happy with the way his team has limped to wins in the last three games, still unsatisfied and knowing there’s much left to do to reach their top form.
“We’ve been struggling even though we’ve been winning,” Durant said after a 115-108 win over the Utah Jazz, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “We got some injury breaks in this run. But I also like how we fought through a lot of different things in this run. We shot the ball well from the 3-point line. I think we moved the basketball really well throughout this run, but we need to play better.
“I believe that the coaches and all my teammates think the same thing. I just don’t want to get too complacent with us winning. We got a long way to go.”
Kevin Durant has been killing teams from mid-range, hitting 10 of his 13 two-pointers against the Jazz to cruise to a game-high 28 points. He has now connected on a mind-blowing 25-of-31 on two-point baskets in the last two games and an incredible 16-of-19 on mid-range jays.
The positives are there to be seen. The Warriors are 10-1 with DeMarcus Cousins in the lineup, a welcoming sign — but one that doesn’t fully tell the whole story, with the big man struggling to shoot the ball as of late.
Previously viewed as a devastating weapon from beyond the arc, Cousins has been mesmerized by the amount of open looks and shot a mere 3-of-17 from deep in his last five games, a mark that doesn’t bode well for this team.
Golden State could fall into a trap game against the Portland Trail Blazers right before the break, as they did last year, already scheduled to sit out Cousins and Shaun Livingston, who did not make the trip to Rip City.