Then how do you explain the Warriors offense looking similarly bogged down in this year's Rockets series prior to Durant going down and then magically looking like the offense of old once he went out?
In game 2 the Warriors had a 124 offensive rating and in game 3 it was 119 (122 in game 6 for reference). If that is “bogged down” then I guarantee you every team in the league would love to be bogged down by Kevin Durant. Their best offensive results in the series were still with KD.
Peregrine01 wrote:Funny how the OKC brand of play - your-turn-my-turn isolation and spamming high pick and rolls - were the frequent cause of their flame outs in the playoffs and a factor why KD himself said made him leave and yet he yearned for that style and even rationalized its efficacy once he realized the Warriors style didn't feature him as much. Typical disease of me.
OKC didn’t really “flame out”.
In 2011 they lost to God-mode Dirk when they were babies
In 2012 they lost to God mode LeBron and clearly weren’t ready (and Brooks kept playing Perkins against the small lineups)
In 2013 Russ was injured
In 14 they lost to God-mode Spurs when Ibaka was injured
In 15 KD was injured
16 perhaps they did flame out but I think a lot of it was just fatigue as with the Houston series.
In every season they either lost to the team that won the title and/or had someone injured, and before 2013 they were clearly too young to be serious championship contenders. 2016 was really the only time you can say they “flamed out”.
I just don’t think Durant is totally wrong here. The Warriors depended on him a lot to carry the load in the playoffs. His approach wasn’t pleasing aesthetically but there is a reason every team in the league depends heavily on isolation play- it works. The Bucks, Rockets and Raptors all built a team based on ample shooting around an iso-heavy scorer and they were easily the three best non-GSW teams.