I see you Paul George. I see what you are trying to do to King James.
Paul George has arrived, he’s a top five player in the NBA, and what better way to let the best player in the league know you are coming, than to take a little shot at him hours before you’re set to guard him.
Sunday night George had to guard Kevin Durant. Afterwards, George let it be known that Durant is simply the toughest cover in the NBA.
Following the Pacers’ 118-94 loss in Oklahoma City, George told reporters that Durant is his toughest cover in the league.
“It is,” he said. “It is a tougher matchup. I watch their games, I watch a lot of NBA games. And offensively, KD is most of the times he’s scoring in bunches off of iso plays and one-on-one plays.
“And when they play against us, he’s moving a lot. He’s the screener, he’s getting back-screened and he’s coming off pin-downs and it’s a little different when I’m guarding him and it makes it a tougher cover.”
Durant didn’t score a single of his 36 points in an isolation set against George, and he didn’t get to the free throw line during a one-on-one move either.
Durant simply is excellent at using his teammates, and moving without the ball. It simply is easier to limit LeBron scoring against you in one-on-one situations than Durant.