Blazers Warriors Player Matchup Preview 3/5: Blazer Wings vs Kevin Durant

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Jan 29, 2017; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner (1) is guarded by Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half at the Moda Center. The Warriors won 113-111. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Rip City Project is getting ready for the start of the playoffs. To preview the highly anticipated Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers series, we take a look at our third player match up: Blazers’ Wings vs. Kevin Durant

The Portland Trail Blazers play the Golden State Warriors in this years playoffs. Last year in the playoffs the Blazers lost 4-1 to the Warriors.

Now the Warriors have Kevin Durant.

Let’s check out how the Blazers’ wings, specifically Moe Harkless,Evan Turner and Allen Crabbe go up against Durant.

Jan 22, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dribbles the ball against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant, Making a Great Team Even Better?

2016/17 Stats Per Basketball Reference: 25 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.1 steals,1.6 blocks. 53.5 FG%. 36.7 3PT%. 87.9 FT%

This is his first year with the Golden State Warriors and it was a very successful run before he was injured. He missed 20 plus games because of a hurt knee, but has since returned and looks like the same player he was before the injury.

Durant gets plenty of easy looks with this team. He plays off ball and gets open shots running off screens. It helps that the Warriors offense is unselfish, free flowing and fast paced.

Oh, and he has some help. He is playing with a 2 time MVP: Stephen Curry. One of the deadliest shooters in NBA history: Klay Thompson. Plus swiss army knife do-it-all, Draymond Green.

Durant doesn’t have all the pressure to score or make plays. He just relaxes, and lets the game come to him

Because of all this help, he has taken the least amount of FG attempts for his career with 16.6, bit has the highest FG% of his career with 53.5%.

He is doesn’t have to force anything, and isn’t the only focus because teams have to worry about Curry and Thompson.

When Durant does get the ball, he has space to get a shot off or make a play. This is unlike Oklahoma City when we has guarded tightly the whole game.

Apr 10, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks the ball against the Utah Jazz during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Jazz won 105-99. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Durant is also way more than just a world class scorer. He has a career high in rebounds, and blocks this year while playing the least amount of minutes in his career at 33.5 MPG.

Durant is one of the top 5 players in the league.

There is no stopping him, he can close his eyes and score 20 points,grab 5 boards and block 3 shots.

The Blazers can’t stop Durant from getting his, but they can make him work for it.

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