Dreammond Green says the Warriors could not have beaten the Cavaliers in the 2017 and 2018 finals without Kevin Durant.

You know, the NBA’s off-season has come when players and the media start taking legal action against past series, games and players again. The latest topic of discussion is Kevin Durant’s role in winning the 2017 and 2018 finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Warriors.

During one Crossover live show with JJ Reddick which promoted both of his podcasts.“The Warriors couldn’t beat the Cavs without Kevin,” said Dremond Green. [Durant]He then went on to comment on the importance of Durant to the team during this season.

Here’s a look at his full comments throughout the segment:

“I personally don’t think Steve Curry thought at the time, ‘I’ll take a bucket whenever I want.’ I don’t think he was able to do that yet, I think he was still adding to it. “I’m not sure you’ll remember the series with OKC where we were down 3-1 and we had to come back. That’s why the teams started to find out.”

“Then what a joy, Steve still creates all the havoc he creates. As I tweeted, Steve faced a lot of doubles teams and Kevin didn’t. That’s a fact. Can watch or just watch. If you watch the game you will see that Steve is having a double team, and then [then-Cleveland Cavaliers head coach] Ty Lue goes public and says, “I’m making Steph Curry a double team at every opportunity.” Kevin wasn’t going to be a double team. “

“The fact is, we got to a point where we needed to be able to give the ball to someone who could just take the bucket. Kevin was already there. I don’t think Steve was still there.” So, it gets us. Those two years. We got those two championships. While we’re doing this, Steve is constantly working and improving, and most importantly, the best of our team. He is becoming a strong man. He is the strongest man on the team to date. He is allowed. He can score whenever he wants because now you can’t get him out of his way. “

Green’s starting point is debatable – at least for 2017. Kyrie Irving was gone by 2018 and the Cavaliers team probably shouldn’t have made it out of the Eastern Conference. But the 2017 Cavs were amazing, and the Warriors probably couldn’t win the series without the extra boost from Durant.

However, their views on Curry are somewhat contradictory. If Curry didn’t know how to get the bucket when he wanted to, then why was Lou sending double teams at every opportunity? Although Curry may not be the standard bearer in isolation, he had some trouble scoring in the playoffs when the Warriors gave him the ball and asked him to do so.

Here’s a look at some of the appropriate CREE numbers for the 2016 and 2017 playoffs:

2016 playoffs:

  • 25.1 points per game
  • 43.8 Field Round Percentage
  • 40.4 3 point percent
  • 1,136 points per property in isolation (third most effective in the playoffs)
  • 47.9 / 44.1 / 100 Shooting Splits 6.9 Fourth Quarter Points per Game (5th in Playoffs)

2017 playoffs:

  • 28.1 points per game
  • 48.4 Field Round Percentage
  • 41.9 3 point percent
  • 1,235 points per property in isolation (6th most effective in playoffs)
  • 58.5 / 50/100 Shooting Splits at 5.4 Quarter Points per Game

It’s one thing to say that the inclusion of another big scorer like Durant was necessary to keep the Warriors at the top, or that it has become even more difficult for Curry to defend now because he is stronger and more experienced. However, when Curry wanted to return in 2016 and 2017, he was unable to get the bucket. You don’t win scoring titles and back-to-back MVPs without putting the ball in the basket.