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Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors had a career-low six shots in the Mar 24 game against DET, but he still had a big impact on the game. Watch Durant’s court vision, gravity and passing lead to 11 assists. Co-starring Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Shaun Livingston and Andre Drummond.

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Durant Is Not A Ball Hog

Some people have an idea that Kevin Durant is a ball hog. This is incorrect. He is a good passer and has good court vision and will usually make the extra pass to get his teammates a score. We’ll see plenty of examples in today’s video.

However, most great scorers have said that it’s a delicate balancing act to keep your teammates involved and score in the flow of the offense when things aren’t working well. That’s the problem when your just isolating and jacking up a shot is actually a pretty good option. Stephen Curry had the same adjustment from being the guy who had to score to win to being the guy who had to bring out the best in all his teammates.

This was most glaring in the Rockets WCF series, where the Rockets loaded up a shadow behind Durant in the lane and put out P.J. Tucker, one of Durant’s toughest defenders. But outside of those special matchups (for which a Curry high pick and roll attack is better suited), Durant has been effective as a team engine even if the ball sometimes sticks with him.

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Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors had a career-low six shots in the Mar 24 game against DET, but he still had a big impact on the game. Watch Durant’s court vision, gravity and passing lead to 11 assists. Co-starring Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Shaun Livingston and Andre Drummond.

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How Kevin Durant Gets Buckets WIthout Shooting

Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors had a career-low six shots in the Mar 24 game against DET, but he still had a big impact on the game. Watch Durant’s court vision, gravity and passing lead to 11 assists. Co-starring Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Shaun Livingston and Andre Drummond. By @EricApricot. More videos and full articles at http://tinyurl.com/ericapricot

Posted by Golden State of Mind on Monday, March 25, 2019

Bonus Video: Zaza and Klay

In honor of the reunion of that unexpected bromance, Zaza Pachulia and Klay Thompson, we share the #6 most popular Explain One Play from 2018. Update: for the record, the final score in the 2017-18 season was Klay 11 dunks, Zaza 13 dunks! The year before, Zaza won 10 to 5. So Zaza actually won both contests.

Klay Thompson and Zaza Pachulia have an ongoing contest over who will dunk more in a season. They continued their dunk contest in the Spurs game and ignited the GSW rally that won the game. Co-starring Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, from the Warriors-Spurs game on Feb 11 2018.

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