Well, that’s it. Kevin Durant has now been fully Warrior-ized.
That was evident at the end of his press conference on Monday night, after he had been awarded the Finals MVP award. He scored 39 points in Game 5 to clinch a Golden State title, the first championship of Durant’s career.
After wrapping up the final question, Durant joked that he was talking too much. I had a couple too many beers, he said. I haven’t had a beer since February. So to have a beer right now and come talk to you guys, it feels great.
Health, though, is again an issue for Iguodala, who is 33 and played a career-low 26.3 minutes per game this year. He has been dealing with soreness in his knee. He has been tight-lipped on the injury, saying, I feel fine, ready to go. But his struggles have been obvious, averaging just 6.5 points, and only 11.1 percent shooting on 3-pointers in 11 playoff games.
That’s not the primary concern. For the Warriors, it is Iguodala’s ability to muscle up against James without fouling, to offer pokes at the ball without reaching in, to commit to close-outs without falling for head-fakes ‘ all of that matters most.
And though the back half of his own career has been defined by his ability to stem the James juggernaut, Iguodala can step back and appreciate the way James approaches this stage.