Kevin Durant says he has never seen LeBron James more aggressive and determined to win as he prepares to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday.
The MVP, who will be wearing No. 18 for the first time, also talks about how he is not a slave to the hype of this series and how he sees a future in the NBA, as he has said before.
Kevin Durant was asked if he had any thoughts about LeBron James, but he said, “I am going to win.
I will win, and I will play like I am in this series.”
He also talked about how his attitude has changed since the Finals, and how that has helped him stay focused.
“I have been able to relax a lot more.
I have not had the anxiety.
It has been a lot easier,” Durant said.
“It has been like this for a long time, so I think it’s a lot to take in.
It was really nice when I was a kid, but I never really felt like I had to do that.”
He added, “It’s a little bit different.
But it’s been a nice transition.
I am trying to be a better leader.
That’s all I can say.”
Durant is averaging 23.7 points and 10.3 assists for the Thunder, who have been outscored by 22.6 points in the series.
“Kevin is one of the most underrated players in the league,” coach Scott Brooks said.
“(He is) one of those guys who can make it look easy on the court.
We have a lot of people that can make the big plays and the big shots and score a lot, but Kevin has that intangible, ‘I can do this.'”
Oklahoma City won Game 6 in five games last season to become the NBA’s best team.
Durant has averaged 30.6 ppg and 12.3 rpg this season.
James has averaged 32.4 points and 11.8 rpg for the Spurs, who are the best team in the Western Conference.
He scored 26 points in Game 4 on the way to the Western conference championship.