NBA scores 2016: Kevin Durant is a better center than the Warriors’ own big men

The Toronto Raptors wanted one more garbage time bucket. They were going to lose either way, down 10 points with seconds left in the game, but the Raptors kept going instead of letting time run out. The ball ended up with DeMarre Carroll under the rim for a layup … that Kevin Durant blocked. As Carroll collected the ball and put up one more shot, Durant did it again.

There’s nothing wrong with playing to the whistle. Stephen Curry drove for a layup on the Warriors’ final possession instead of letting time expire, so naturally the Raptors did the same. They just didn’t anticipate Durant going full Mutombo, denying both shots with ease as the buzzer expired.

This is the new Durant. You’ve probably heard him called a guard trapped in a big man’s body, or something to that effect. But the 6’9 Durant — and that’s only if we’re going by listed height — can be a big man in a big man’s body, too. He’s an effortless ball handler with a shooting stroke as smooth as butter, but Durant can do way more than that. In Golden State, the Warriors have unlocked him fully.

Here’s Durant’s

Article source: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/12/29/14110670/2016-nba-scores-kevin-durant-defense-warriors-center

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