Steve Kerr says Kevin Durant changed a few plays to give his touches to Stephen Curry
The Golden State Warriors pulled out a close win against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday evening, eventually prevailing by a score of 119-114. Some late-game heroics by Stephen Curry allowed the Warriors to seal the game in the final seconds. Head coach Steve Kerr claimed that fellow Golden State star Kevin Durant actually changed plays so that Curry could get looks with the game on the line.
Steve Kerr said Kevin Durant changed up a couple plays in the huddle late tonight, suggested to flip spots with Steph Curry so Steph could get the ball pic.twitter.com/ms2xdHnOx1
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 14, 2019
This was probably the best decision to make for the Warriors. While Durant is easily one of the best in the game, Curry was on fire against the Mavs. He scored a game-high 48 points on 17-for-32 shooting from the field to go along with 11 three-pointers.
Durant had a pretty decent game himself, scoring 28 points on 21 shots. However, he knew that Curry was ready to take over the game and deferred to his fellow star. Curry ended up hitting a three with 42 seconds left to give his team a three-point lead that they never relinquished.
This is a good sign for Warriors fans. The Dubs have been through some turmoil this season, but Durant being willing to give up his alpha-dog role for the sake of the team bodes well for the rest of the season — and beyond.
Golden State is also preparing to introduce another star with an alpha-dog personality to the lineup soon, in DeMarcus Cousins. If Durant meshes as well with the big man as he has with Curry, the rest of the league will be in serious trouble.