Kevin Durant’s season was a roller coaster ride, but one that could only have been possible if his body had been able to take on more of the pressure.
The Golden State Warriors have had a long road to the NBA finals, but this season has been a very different story.
Durant has averaged 25.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game in his first two games.
In the NBA Playoffs, Durant has made just two 3-pointers, and he has only been held to one of them.
The first came in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, when he connected on a fadeaway 3 from about 8 feet out.
He’s made just five 3s in his last two playoff games.
The rest of his shooting has been on the perimeter, where Durant has been struggling.
In Game 3, Durant missed a 3-pointer that could have given the Warriors a 3 with 2.5 seconds left.
But he had his back to the basket and hit a fade to make it a two-point play.
The Warriors have won three of the four games he’s missed.
In a similar vein, Durant is shooting just under 43 percent from the field in Game 1 of the NBA Semifinals, and just 28.1 percent overall.
He is shooting a career-high 28.6 percent from deep in Game 3.
In other words, the Golden State players have struggled mightily from deep during the regular season, but the Warriors are shooting over 50 percent from long range, including 41.4 percent from 3-point range.
They are making just 23.6 threes per game.
They have not attempted a 3 or made a 3 in Game 4.
In fact, the Warriors have made just seven 3-balls in their last seven games, and that was against the Thunder.
The last time the Warriors missed a long 3 was in Game 6 of the 2015 Finals against the Spurs.
The Warriors have a chance to beat the Spurs in the conference finals this year, and Durant has had an encouraging start to his postseason.
He has scored 29 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in his past two games against San Antonio.
He also has hit 4-of-5 from the free throw line in his three games against the Warriors.