Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant recently spoke on the Golden State Warriors’ motion offense with The Wall Street Journal’s J.R. Moehringer, talking about how the system can only be effective for so long in the playoffs.
In a recent article written by The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, Warriors coach Steve Kerr responded to Durant’s comments and echoed what Durant had to say.
“I wasn’t at all offended what Kevin said because it’s basically the truth,” Kerr said. “You look at any system, I mean, I played the triangle with Michael Jordan. The offense ran a lot smoother all regular season and the first couple rounds of the playoffs than it did in the conference finals and Finals. It just did.”
Kerr put Durant’s scoring prowess among Jordan’s and Kobe Bryant’s. A four-time scoring champion, Durant has a career average of 27.0 points a game.
“No system is just going to dice a Finals defense up,” Kerr said. “You have to rely on individual play. I didn’t look at (his comment) as offensive. I look at that as fact.”
Though the Warriors have shown the world how their motion offense is highly effective, any NBA offense or system only goes so far.
During the playoffs, where teams have more time to devise game plans, defenses have opportunities to lock in; teams can see where to take advantage of an offense’s weaknesses.
As one of the best scorers ever, Durant brought individual play that elevated the Warriors’ offense to unprecedented greatness. Teams could no longer simply focus on Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Draymond Green is one of the league’s smartest players, and he has served as the Warriors’ primary facilitator, setting up teammates for easy buckets.
But with Durant on the roster, the Warriors were borderline unstoppable. And that was because he brought his scoring prowess to a team that was elite on offense before he came.