Kevin Durant’s career stats against Tony Allen teams
28.1 points per game
48 percent shooting
27 percent from three
43 percent shooting
34 percent from three
Durant’s three best games against Allen
3. January 8, 2011 – For the first and only time against a Tony Allen led defense, Durant hit the 40-point mark. In OKC’s 109-100 midseason win, Durant was efficient (13-of-24 shooting) and aggressive (13-of-14 from the line), flustering Allen (four fouls in 18 minutes) and Rudy Gay (fouled out) all night.
2. May 5, 2013 – Because the Thunder went on to fall in five games last May, not many remember Kevin Durant’s sensational Game 1. In a defensive slugfest, he shouldered the load, going off for 35 points, 15 rebounds and six assists, vaulting the Thunder to a 93-91 win, its only of the series.
1. May 15, 2011 – In Game 7 of the 2011 Western Conference semifinals, Durant showed up in the clutchest of ways, burning Allen and the Grizzlies for 39 points on 25 shots and leading his young team to a monumental series win.
Durant’s three worst games against Allen
3. March 7, 2011 – Still in the feeling out process after the Jeff Green-Kendrick Perkins swap, the Thunder fell 107-101 to Memphis in this regular-season duel. Durant struggled to an inefficient 8-of-20 night, while Allen was typically great on defense and surprisingly effective on the other end: 20 points in 31 minutes.
2. May 15, 2013 – Loaded with such a heavy burden after Russell Westbrook went down, Durant faltered in Game 5 of last season’s second-round exit. The Thunder star went 5-of-21 shooting and his team went out quietly.
1. May 13, 2011 – Durant was able to star in Game 7 of the 2011 clash, in part, because he struggled so mightily in Game 6. His line: 3-of-14 shooting, 1-of-9 from three, 11 points in 37 minutes. OKC fell 95-83 to Memphis.
Tayshaun Prince to serve as primary defender
Of the four Thunder-Grizzlies matchups this season, Tony Allen only played in one game and 17 minutes total. He was in and out of the lineup due to various injuries.
So Memphis used Tayshaun Prince as the primary defender on Kevin Durant and, as the Grizzlies’ starting small forward, he’s expected to get plenty of time on Durant in the next two weeks.
Via SportVu’s tracking date, here are Durant’s offensive numbers in the 31 minutes Prince guarded him: 19-of-47 shooting, 4-of-12 from three, 48 points.
A lot of points, but on a very high usage. Solid job by Prince.