Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts to an officials' call during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
The mission tonight: Slow down Kevin Durant.
Good luck with that.
The Thunder forward enters the United Center scoring at least 25 points or more in 32 straight games, as well as a leading MVP candidate.
So of course when Joakim Noah was asked if he was looking forward to getting put on Durant at some point in the game his response was a very honest, “No.’’
“It’s going to take our whole team to try and contain this guy,’’ Noah said. “He can really score and it’s going to take a great effort to try and slow him down a little.’’
Which seems to be right up Tom Thibodeau’s alley, especially the idea of coming up with a team defense to try and limit how much Durant can hurt them.
“You have to,’’ Thibodeau said, when discussing the multiple looks he had planned for Durant. “The problem lies in you not overcommitting so you leave everyone else open. I think those guys are so hard to guard individually. You have to try to make them work for their points and know you can defend them perfectly and they still can score. We’ll try to give him some different looks.
“[Durant’s] at the point in his career where there’s nothing he hasn’t seen. And he has the ability to get a shot off in so many different ways. And then you also look at his ability to pass. He can really hurt you with the pass as well. If you’re running multiple defenders at him and the ball is shot, you’re going to be vulnerable on the board for the second shot. The way they score the ball, they’re hard to guard.’’