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

Ross Houston
June 10, 2018

James and Durant faced each other in the 2012 Finals for the first time and James was asked if there was anything he saw in that series that made him think Durant would be great.

These numbers are every bit as impressive as the 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists and 50/40/90 shooting splits, which earned him the NBA Finals MVP past year.

Fans cheer for Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant as he warms up for Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday

With the Dubs down by two in the final minute of last year's Game 3 encounter, KD hit a huge three over LeBron James to give his team a lead that they wouldn't relinquish and effectively sealed the title.

It was James' third consecutive game of scoring 25 points or more in this year's finals. As everyone knows, this will be Cleveland's last stand.

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. 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.

Durant has been making the impossible look easy throughout these entire playoffs.

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.

Durant's footwork and skill are letting him create enough space to get his shots off cleanly, but not enough that we would actually call them open. "He'a an assassin.His ability to handle the ball, shoot the ball, make plays at his length, his size, his speed". That's a decline of 45.9 points per 100 possessions from when he's been on the floor.

In case you missed it, Kevin Durant hit a huge three-pointer from way outside in the waning seconds of game three of the National Basketball Association finals last night.

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