A few years ago, we were lucky if we heard Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant mutter a word. But the veteran has grown more and more irritated with a lack of respect in recent years, expressing frustration from always being ‘number two’.
Since then we’ve seen Durant become far more vocal and at times extremely confident, like on Saturday night when Durant suggested that the Houston Rockets couldn’t check him one-on-one.
The Rockets sent multiple defenders to Durant when he had the ball – often times double teaming him before he was ever in possession of it.
That appeared to frustrate Durant who lashed out after the game:
Kevin Durant on the Rockets: “They wasn’t playing one-on-one, it was one-on-three. Those dudes can’t check me one-on-one. They know that.”
While Durant is correct – few – if any – can actually guard Durant with any success in a one-on-one scenario, the Rockets forced some of the Thunder’s lesser talent to beat them.
It worked as Houston came away victorious, holding Durant to 37% from the field.