Tony Allen is one of the biggest pests on the league when it comes to defense. Outside of Patrick Beverly, there may not be a player who annoys the opposition more. And his tactics are getting to the soon-to-be MVP in Kevin Durant.
“He’s good,” Durant said. “He’s good at dodging screens. He’s physical. Everybody plays the same way with me, though.”
When asked about Allen a few minutes later, a more agitated Durant again paused before responding.
“It’s not like I’m just totally getting locked down,” Durant, who is averaging 34.5 points in the series, said. “He’s making it tough. It’s not like I’m just non-existent. I don’t know what you guys have been watching. He’s just making me work, like everybody else will.”
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You can make an argument that no one player defends Durant better than Allen. He’s kept Durant from getting to his spots, is physical, not allowing KD to get the ball and when he is getting the ball, he’s making the leading scorer work for every shot.
And even then, Durant is still averaging 34.5 points per game. But the impact is shown in the numbers. When Tony Allen is on the floor, Durant boasts an offensive rating of 108.1 compared to the 138.4 when off the floor.
Durant can’t allow Allen to get in his head. It’ll only fuel the way Allen plays on that side of the ball. But KD is admitting what everyone already sees. Hopefully KD can play through it.