Video: Watch Kevin Durant Detail Clippers Defense, Patrick Beverley Battle

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2019

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, top, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) during the second half of Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Jeff Chiu/Associated Press

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.

Video Play Button

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.

Related

    NBA Pushing Back 2020 Hall of Fame Induction

    Jerry Colangelo says class of 2020 Hall of Fame ceremony will be moved to spring of 2021 (ESPN)

    NBA logo
    NBA

    NBA Pushing Back 2020 Hall of Fame Induction

    Scott Polacek
    via Bleacher Report

    Ranking Knicks HC Candidates 📝

    @highkin ranks five coaches New York should consider after report Leon Rose is starting the HC search ⬇️

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Ranking Knicks HC Candidates 📝

    Sean Highkin
    via Bleacher Report

    Dame: LeBron Should Win MVP 🏆

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Dame: LeBron Should Win MVP 🏆

    Tyler Conway
    via Bleacher Report

    Report: 4 NBA Teams May Have Play-Ins

    Blazers, Kings, Spurs and Pels may get shot to make the playoffs with NBA considering possible play-in games

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Report: 4 NBA Teams May Have Play-Ins

    Joseph Zucker
    via Bleacher Report