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Kevin Durant on Rockets vs. Warriors Series: 'This Is Where This S--t Is Fun'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2019

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 30:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors smiles during Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 30, 2019 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant is enjoying himself during his team's Western Conference Semifinals showdown against the Houston Rockets.

"This is where this s--t is fun, this is when it's serious and I'm just embracing it," he told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. "I'm just having so much fun right now. This time of year is what I'm geared for. I'm just hooping at a high level and enjoying the competitiveness of the playoffs. You go through such a long season to get to this point, and now it's time to produce."

That joy has translated on the court. Durant is averaging 34.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks this postseason and scored 35 points in Game 1 against the Rockets and 29 points in Game 2, leading Golden State's offense in both contests.

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29 PTS, 5 REB & 4 AST for @KDTrey5 to lead the @warriors to a Game 2 victory! #StrengthInNumbers #NBAPlayoffs Game 3: Saturday (5/4), 8:30pm/et, ABC https://t.co/ysnNXPRgIa

"You can tell he's enjoying this experience," teammate Andre Iguodala told Haynes. "He's playing at a high level and we need him to. He's giving us great production on both ends of the floor, and it looks like he's doing it with ease. He's amazing to watch. When he's feeling good, we tend to look good."

Iguodala hasn't been the only one to notice:

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"Right now, Kevin Durant is the best player in the world. ... He's already the best offensive player we've ever seen in NBA history." — @KendrickPerkins https://t.co/kWciWPfytn

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With LeBron proving he’s physically human this year, Kevin Durant is like trumpeting to the NBA: “I’m the best player in the world.”

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Also - Durant went to another level after the Game 2 Clips loss and that matters, too. There’s nobody better than him right now. This is grim for the Rockets. Beating GSW 4 out of 5 with KD playing like this is unrealistic to say the least.

For all of that talk, however, Durant is relishing the finer details of postseason strategizing, as teams can hyper-focus on matchups and schemes in a seven-game series, per Haynes:

"The scheming, the matchups, this is when we're studying our opponents and thoroughly watching film. During the regular season, you don't really focus on matchups that much because there are so many games, less time to prepare and we're mainly worried about ourselves and getting better.

"In the playoffs, we have individual assignments, and it's up to us collectively to execute. And me, I'm just doing what's asked of me, whether that's scoring, making plays for others or defending. I get so much joy playing this game, and I'm doing it to the best of my ability."

And right now, the best of his ability is better than anyone else in the postseason. If Durant continues to play at this level, the Warriors are likely going to raise their fourth banner in the past five seasons and the third in a row with Durant on the team.

Durant's fun, in other words, is very bad news for the rest of the NBA.

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