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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Kevin Durant: Warriors can be even better going forward

Kevin Durant

The Golden State Warriors have lost just two games thus far in the postseason, and they kicked off the Western Conference Finals on Monday with a blowout road win over the Houston Rockets. The defending champions still very much look like the team to beat, but Kevin Durant thinks they can be even better.

Following his 37-point performance in Game 1, Durant said the Warriors still have room to improve.

“I don’t know if we’re at our peak,” he said, per ESPN’s Chris Haynes. “I think we could be better. I mean, the stakes are high. We’re playing the Western Conference finals against the best team in the league, the No. 1 seed, an MVP on their team. So I think everybody just wants to enjoy this time. Not a lot of people get this opportunity, so we want to take advantage of it.”

There’s always room to get better, but a better version of this Golden State team would be terrifying for the remaining teams in the playoffs. They shot nearly 40 percent from 3-point range as a team on Monday, and many of their postseason wins have been extremely lopsided.

Of course, Game 1 was just as much about what the Rockets didn’t do. They clearly have more room to improve than the Warriors, which was evident with the way they guarded Klay Thompson. It’s good to see that Durant is still hungry even after winning his first NBA title last year, but Golden State has been pretty close to perfect in several games since the playoffs began.

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