“K.D.,” he said.
When a reporter followed him, James stated the obvious.
“I mean, you take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled last year, that we saw in the regular season and in the post-season, and then in the off-season you add a high-powered offensive talent like that and a great basketball IQ like that, that's what stands out,” James said.
In Game 1, Kevin Durant was the best player on the court. In 38 minutes, Durant scored a game-high 38 points, dished out eight assists and pulled down eight rebounds. He also had zero turnovers and did a solid job on defense both defending the rim and guarding LeBron. His length, in particular, gave LeBron some trouble.
As the series goes in — and particularly in Sunday’s Game — the Cavs have to find a better way to deal with Durant. He can likely not be stopped, but he can be schemed for and limited. The Cavs, for starters, could limit the turnovers that lead to a number of easy Durant dunks. And making sure someone is in the way of Durant and the basket would be good as well. James, who started out on Durant, had a few miscues on defense that set up easy baskets for Durant. And in every way, he’s a upgrade over Harrison Barnes the Cavs will have to solve if they want to win the title again this year.
“I mean, it's no if, ands, or butts,” he said. “It is what it is. We got to figure out how to combat that, which is going to be a tough challenge for us. But that's what stands out.”