Warriors

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Kevin Durant had a decent game Wednesday night in Memphis.

And in this case, decent actually means spectacular.

The reigning two-time NBA Finals MVP racked up 28 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals. He shot an otherworldly 12 of 13 from the field.

"He could have shot anytime he wanted, and he only took 13 shots and he made 12 of them," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday night on KNBR 680. "And the one he missed, he got fouled on.

"I don't know that I've ever seen anybody play the game as smoothly and as easily as he does. And he just sort of, you know, decides what he's gonna do each game -- based on what's happening, circumstances, how people are guarding us.

"He's just an amazing, amazing talent."

Ain't that the truth.

When it comes to Durant "deciding what he's gonna do," here are some examples of his production over various stretches this season:

Warriors' first seven games = 30.3 points, 55.6 percent shooting, 20.6 field goal attempts, 5.9 assists
Warriors' next nine games = 24.4 points, 49.3 percent shooting, 16.4 field goal attempts, 6.6 assists
Warriors' next seven games = 37.3 points, 49.5 percent shooting, 26.0 field goal attempts, 5.9 assists (Steph Curry and Draymond Green missed all these games)

Since Durant returned from missing games at Houston and at Oklahoma City two weeks ago, he hasn't been nearly as aggressive when it comes to scoring. Outside of taking 25 shots Saturday against the Dallas Mavericks, his attempts in the other five games: 18, 13, 9, 6, 13.

 

Yet Durant is so good that he averaged 6.3 assists during this stretch, while shooting over 57 percent from the field.

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As he told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke following the win over the Grizzlies:

An example:

It will be very interesting and fun to see which version of Durant shows up on a game-to-game basis during the playoffs.

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