Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Saturday afternoon at 4, streaming live on the MyTeams app.
Kevin Durant had another terrific game Tuesday night.
He racked up 29 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in Golden State's Game 2 win over Houston in the Western Conference Semifinals. His effort gave the Warriors a two-games-to-none lead in the best-of-seven series.
“This is where this s--t is fun, this is when it’s serious and I’m just embracing it,” Durant 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.”
Through eight playoff games, the reigning two-time Finals MVP is averaging 34.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks while shooting nearly 53 percent overall and just under 41 percent from deep.
He is carrying the Warriors on the offensive end and playing tremendous defense as well.
Kevin Durant is absolutely everywhere defensively right now pic.twitter.com/fVfoedkhsn— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 1, 2019
Durant got called for a foul, but this is amazing effort to challenge Capela at the rim (he made 1 of 2 free throws) pic.twitter.com/aBWRxlc48q— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 1, 2019
"I’m locked in right now and it feels good," KD told Yahoo Sports. "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 speaking of joy:
Look at this moment between Kevin Durant and Steve Kerr. Yeah, I would say KD is having a lot of fun right now pic.twitter.com/XnTFdzijlP— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 1, 2019
The Warriors are hoping the fun continues, a threepeat comes to fruition in June and KD decides to re-sign in July.
Pretty simple formula, right?