Marcus Smart on Guarding Kevin Durant: 'We Can’t Have Him Be Comfortable'

Being this year’s Defensive Player of the Year, when Marcus Smart discuss defense, you listen. Smart broke in on how Boston’s choking defense on Kevin Durant has actually impacted Durant’s thinking. When inquired about Durant’s remark mentioning he’s ‘thinking too much,’ Smart figuratively pounded Boston’s chest.

“I would like to think it’s us getting in his head and causing him to be second-guessing; we’re playing one of the greatest players in the world, and to do this, we can’t have him be comfortable.”

On the season, Durant is balancing 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 6.4 helps in 37.2 minutes of play per video game while shooting 51.8 percent from the field. In the preliminary versus Smart’s Celtics? Those numbers drop to 22.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.3 helps in 43.1 minutes of play per video game while shooting 36.5 percent from the field.

Smart included that he wouldn’t state that ‘they’re [Durant and Kyrie Irving] damaged’ as ‘they’re human’ and no one understands what Brooklyn’s star duo is ‘dealing with outside of basketball.’ Irving has actually dropped from 27.4 points per video game and 41.8 percent shooting from deep to 21.7 points per video game, and 33.3 percent shooting from deep versus the Celtics.

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