KD describes watching Steph’s ‘iconic’ Game 4 masterpiece originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
Fair or not, Kevin Durant will forever be in conversations with this era of warriors basketball, even though it has been three years since he left the organization.
Media and fans alike wondered what the former Warrior-turned-Brooklyn Nets star thought of Steph Curry leading Golden State to the NBA title 2022 while KD and the Nets were reeling after a first-round sweep by the Boston Celtics.
While Rumors around Durant and Kyrie Irving’s future in Brooklyn continue to swirl, KD explained on his podcast what it was like to watch the NBA Finals, especially Curry’s otherworldly Game 4, where he racked up 43 points and 10 rebounds in the series-turning win over TD Garden.
“That Game 4 was iconic to me,” Durant said on The ETCs with Kevin Durant.
“It’s like a lot more than just the win, that game there was just, okay, this is one of the best we’ve ever seen. And in that environment and the shots he made…and the rebounds did. It was the rebounds for me because when I play with Steph I know he’s super, super engaged when he’s heavy on the boards. Getting over someone’s back… so it’s like he really wants this.”
Iconic indeed. With the Warriors two games behind in the series playing in a raucous Boston environment, Curry put the Warriors on his back, hitting impossible shot after impossible shot to lead a fourth quarter comeback and even the series with two games apiece. Curry finished 14-of-26 off the field and 7-of-14 on 3-pointers, and his 10 rebounds were the second most he had during the Warriors’ playoff run.
Durant couldn’t help but think about the mindset of Curry and the Warriors on the floor during the all-time gig.
“I’ve been in that locker room, so I just thought, ‘I know what they’re thinking right now,'” said Durant. “So it was pretty fun to be on that game and [Steph] made it fun for everyone, just the pictures he took and the way he directed them.”
Regardless of their status as former teammates and two all-time greats, Durant can be counted among the many who were impressed by Curry’s brilliance for what Steve Kerr proclaimed his “award”†