Kerr noted that Durant is particularly effective racing down the lane.
“That’s Oklahoma City’s best weapon when they can get him on the run toward the hoop with just a little space. At that point, he becomes unstoppable,” Kerr said.
KD’s speech discussed
Durant’s speech on Tuesday upon receiving the MVP award was widely discussed. Barkley didn’t think it necessarily would inspire the Thunder. He said the most interesting part was Durant’s show of support for Westbrook.
“When you’re the leader of the team, you’re kind of an amateur psychologist,” Barkley said.
Both play-by-play announcer Marv Albert and Kerr complimented Durant for his speech.
Albert: “That was the most heart-felt, gracious, touching response to an MVP announcement that I’ve ever seen from a sports figure of his stature.”
Kerr, who admitted to tearing up when Durant mentioned his mother, said it helped inspire Durant’s teammates for Game 2.
“It was just a fantastic scene. I thought his speech helped get them ready for tonight’s game,” Kerr said.
•Kerr complimented Derek Fisher’s hustling ability after he left with an injury. “You should have a floor meter for Derek Fisher. … He’d have at least nine or 10 tonight. It takes a lot longer for him to recover from now…”
•Referring to the limited blackout late in the first half, Albert noted, “In effect, both teams shot the lights out.” Kerr retorted, “That’s horrible.”