Welcome to the nineteenth edition of “Who to Rep,” our ongoing series in which we recommend a player to rep for the upcoming week. Our selection process is rigorously unscientific, but we hope you like it anyway.
Well, this was a no-brainer. With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both in and out of the lineup over the last week, the Warriors offense had only one consistent threat… but man was he consistent. In their last three games (2-1), Kevin Durant has averaged 30.3 points per game on 64% shooting (58% from deep), 5.3 rebounds, and 5 assists. That kind of reliability and efficiency even in the face of lineup chaos is only a small part of what makes Durant so special, but it sure doesn’t hurt.
The week didn’t start off great for Golden State, despite KD’s best efforts, with a 125-106 loss to the Clippers. Durant did his part chipping in 40 points on just 18 shots (that’s 2K-on-rookie-difficulty level scorching), but he got little help on offense from the rest of the team, as the other four starters went 8-29. The highest scoring non-Durant Warrior was Zaza at a whopping 12 points.
The Warriors also missed Curry and especially Thompson on the other end, as the Clippers backcourt—specifically Lou Williams, putting up 50 points—torched Nick Young all night long. All told, LAC got 93 points from their guards; Golden State managed only 19. Even Durant’s heroics weren’t enough to overcome that disparity.
Things got better as the week went on, though, with Thompson returning to the lineup for a 108-94 win over the Bucks. Klay’s shooting wasn’t all the way back yet (he managed just 12 points on 11 shots) but his defense helped contain the Bucks, and Durant shouldered the scoring load with 26 points against a long and talented Milwaukee defense. KD and Klay also teamed up to ruin Bucks star Kris Middleton’s night, holding him to only 8 points on 12 shots.
KD and the Warriors closed out the week with a 127-125 nailbiter win over a red hot Toronto team. KD, Curry, and Klay all had it going, with 25,24, and 26 points, respectively, showcasing just how dangerous GSW’s offense is when all three of its shooters are on the floor. Durant also chipped in 6 boards and 5 assists, and helped anchor a Golden State defense that did great work against everyone not named “Demar DeRozan.” DeRozan lit up the Dubs for 42, but couldn’t get his teammates involved and ultimately his heroics were for naught.
Tonight, Durant and the Warriors travel to Cleveland for a Finals rematch, before continuing their roadtrip against some less intimidating competition in Chicago. Finally, they close out the week with a best-of-the-West duel in Houston.
Between last week’s wizardry and looming matchups with both Lebron and an apparently healthy again James Harden, now seems like a pretty good time to rep #35.