Kevin Durant spent nine years in Oklahoma City grinding, fighting, and scratching for offense but with the Warriors the offensive game has become effortless for him. He recently sliced and diced his way to the basket against a Blazer team that couldn’t protect the paint. Durant has so many offensive players alongside of him that he is able to blend in and pick his spots, scoring 32 pts on 60% shooting in Game 1 without breaking a sweat.
2) Draymond’s Defense:
Looking past his annoying on court antics and celebrations, Draymond Green is still defending the paint better than any other big man in the league right now. He put on an impressive display against the Blazers in Game One, accumulating 5 blocks. He also gets a near triple-double on offense; Green finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 9 assists.
1) Curry Drives:
Steph Curry known for his long threes and jumpers spent a lot of the game driving to the basket, collapsing the defense. His 29 points were mostly in the painted area. Blazers could not help defensively with the drives because the Warriors have so many shooters. It is the ultimate dilemma for a team, do you let former MVP hurt you inside or let his teammates do damage from three-point land?
The Warriors look good versus the Blazers, but their size is still a concern. They’re a very small team. Teams like San Antonio and Cleveland, with their big frontlines, will likely be a nightmare even for this high powered offense despite this the Warriors look like formidable squad.