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HOUSTON — The Warriors had only one All-Star on the court on Wednesday.
Sure, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were all in uniform — but Kevin Durant was the lone bright spot in what was a dreary night for the Warriors’ fearsome foursome.
Durant had 38 points on 13-for-22 shooting from the field (59 percent) in the Warriors’ 127-105 loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of their Western Conference Finals series, which is now tied at 1-1.
“Kevin was great,” Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr said. “He was the one guy who was attacking. He kept us in the game for most of the night.”
Meanwhile, Curry and Thompson, two of the best pure shooters in the NBA, couldn’t get anything going for them offensively, finishing a combined 10-for-30 from the field. And Green, who has long been called the engine that makes the team run, seemed as though his motor was broken, finishing with nearly as many fouls (four) and turnovers (four), as points (six), rebounds (six) and assists (six).
With his teammates flailing, Durant decided to take over.
“When I get the ball, I feel like I have to be aggressive and do something,” Durant said. “I don’t want to stand around and pass on the perimeter. Then we get late in the clock from all the switching and we have to throw up a bad shot. I just want to be aggressive when I get the ball. Maybe someone might come, if not, I shoot my shot.”
Durant was on his own Wednesday.
But, if nothing else, the game was an exercise in empathy for Durant considering James Harden, his former teammate on the Oklahoma City Thunder, was in his position in Game 1 — in …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports