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What stood out most to Draymond as KD's teammate, opponent

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Fans or no fans in the stands, there was no bad blood in Kevin Durant's first game against the Warriors at Chase Center. And why should there be?

Durant's three years as a Warrior are three of the greatest in NBA history. They went went to three straight NBA Finals, winning two, and likely would have pulled off a three-peat if it weren't for him sustaining multiple injuries in their last playoff run. He won back-to-back Finals MVPs and grew into one of the most dominant two-way players we've ever seen. 

So the question begs, what stood out the most to Draymond Green as Durant's teammate and now as his opponent? 

"Just how no one in the world can stop him," Green said Saturday night to reporters.  "And after playing him tonight, I still don't think anyone in the world can stop him." 

Durant finished with 20 points in the Brooklyn Nets' 134-117 blowout win over the Warriors. He did much more than score, too. He also finished with six assists, five rebounds and two blocks, finishing plus-22 in plus-minus. 

Through his first 19 games with the Nets, after missing an entire season rehabbing a torn Achilles' tendon, Durant is a clear MVP candidate. He's averaging 29.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.4 blocks per game. Green knows it all goes back to what Durant does away from the cameras. 

 
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"I also think what stood out to me was his work ethic," Green said. "When you watch Kevin workout -- if you go watch someone workout, at some point you're gonna be like 'All right, that's not game speed.' When you watch Kevin workout, every single move he makes is at game speed, which I think is absolutely insane. It's just so hard to do.

"I think if there's something that stood out to me more than anything, was that. Just his work ethic and how much he loves the game of basketball."

From Day 1, it has been clear how naturally gifted Durant is. But all-time greats don't just rely on natural skills. He has evolved his game and is an unstoppable force, even after a gruesome injury.

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