Kevin Durant Team USA’s Go-To Player?
Kevin Durant was at his deadly best Sunday night in the Palau Sant Jordi, leaving you with the feeling that every time he hoisted the ball only fate could make him miss.
He rainbowed 11 shots from behind the 3-point line, drained seven of them and, thanks to the big triples he hit early and late in this 86-80 victory over Argentina, earned himself a trip to the interview room to sit at the winners’ podium alongside Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski.
A quick trip, just like that, from virtually unguardable to pretty guarded.
While Krzyzewski answered questions, Durant kept his head down, eyes on his phone, looking up only when someone directly addressed him. Others on this exhibition tour have noticed it as well since Team USA arrived in Europe: Durant isn’t who you go to these days for broad smiles or long conversations.
Not that Krzyzewski minds.
As long as Durant keeps torching the opposition like he did in this one — fueling a 16-1 start to the game with three 3s and then tossing in a dagger trey in crunch time after Manu Ginobili had hauled Argentina to within four points late — Coach K will happily deal with a stone-faced star.
When it was suggested that Durant looks even more serious than usual, Krzyzewski quickly fired back: “He looked like he did in Istanbul tonight.”