LeBron said everyone knew Durant would be great 'except Portland'

Tanya Simon
June 11, 2018

The Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals, and it was thanks to a masterful performance from Kevin Durant. Although they're up 3-0 and we saw Stephen Curry break the single-game Finals 3-point record in Game 2, the offense hasn't exactly been humming. Ty Lue and his coaching staff haven't found any winning solutions to the problems posed by Golden State, though, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the gameplan shift for Game 4.

The 29-year-old became just the fourth player since 1985 to post 40+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists in a Finals game, per ESPN.

Kevin Durant will be back with the Warriors next season. According to data from NBA Advanced Stats and Sportsradar's shot difficulty model that takes into account specific information about the shooters, defenders, shot location, distance to defenders and actions prior to the shot, Durant scored 16 more points than expected, given his shot selection.

The piece actually zeroes in on Durant's off-court charitable work but also his propensity to get tossed at games and his acerbic wit online.

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His arrival in 2016 changed the landscape of the National Basketball Association and there's no doubt that the Golden State dynasty will continue for years to come with him on the team.

After the Warriors pushed LeBron and the Cavs to the brink with a heart-stopping 110-102 victory in Cleveland, Golden State is one win away from a 3rd Championship in four years. That's a decline of 45.9 points per 100 possessions from when he's been on the floor.

In Durant's one season at Texas, he was named the National College Player of the Year, and the Longhorns reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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