Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant told reporters Wednesday that he won't allow his one-on-one battle with Patrick Beverley, or the Los Angeles Clippers' defensive approach against him, to distract him from the team's overall offensive game plan:
"I'm not going to get in the way of the game because I wanna have a little back-and-forth with Patrick Beverley," Durant said. "I'm Kevin Durant. You know who I am. Y'all know who I am."
Durant also noted he's faced tough defenses before that, like the Clippers in this series, utilize the "constant help on my drives, the poking at the ball as I'm dribbling, two guys rushing me as I'm beating somebody off the dribble."
He also said he's grown more patient in time when dealing with that level of defensive pressure.
Durant, 30, has averaged 22 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per game in the series, shooting 54.2 percent from the field, though he hasn't had a signature performance against the Clippers to this point.
He was also ejected in Game 1, alongside Beverley, after the two continued to jaw back and forth late in the contest.
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As for the series, the Warriors are now trying to recover from a shocking, 31-point comeback by the Clippers in Game 2 that evened the matchup.
"When I say we stopped playing, we stopped playing, like defense, offense, execution-wise we were not as engaged as we needed to be," head coach Steve Kerr said after that game, per the Associated Press. "We got exactly what we deserved. The Clippers were great. They executed, they were hungry, they stayed connected. They were together."
The Clippers have done an excellent job throwing different looks Golden State's way. But according to Durant, the Warriors aren't going to veer away from what they do offensively just yet.