Every coach, before every game spits the same message when it comes to defending Kevin Durant. It goes something like, “You can’t stop him. You can just try to make him work for his points.”
Almost every night, that’s lip service as Durant toasts the opposing team with an effortless 32 on 17 shots. But Tony Allen? He’s making KD work.
Durant had 36 in Game 2 against the Grizzlies, but it came on a labored, difficult 12-28 shooting night where Allen hounded every catch, pushed him through screens, denied the ball everywhere and got under him make it tough to handle even 30 feet from the basket. Scott Brooks talked postgame last night about “getting their hands off him” which is his way of criticizing the officiating for letting Allen be too handsy, but it’s not a foul unless the whistle blows.
Allen is an elite defender, but still, he’s giving up six inches to Durant. So how is this working? Keep Reading…