1. Durant’s Playoffs Experience is Unlike Any Other
To address the obvious: Durant has haters. People say he can’t carry a team on his own, that he jumped ship from Oklahoma to Golden State so he could finally win a ring and that he’s doing it again in Brooklyn with Irving and Harden.
There’s no better “gladiator” arena than Game 5 for Durant to prove his haters wrong.
While he has bountiful experience playing with fellow superstars in playoff games, he also has experience playing in playoff games in general. Hate him all you want, but his postseason awards speak for themselves.
As a two-time Finals MVP, Durant’s veteran presence instills awe wherever he goes. He’s not one to choke, either, and barring any injury, he continues to perform at the highest level in the postseason. In his three seasons on the Warriors, he averaged 30 points a game in the playoffs. Sure, he had incredible backcourt support, but it’s not like other stars made him into a great shooter. He always was one.
Whether he’s on Golden State lighting up for 50 points against the Clippers in Game 6 or on Brooklyn dropping 40 against the Bucks in Game 1, Durant comes ready to play for a ring. Expect him to make the same statement in Game 5.