After the Pacers loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, rising star Paul George said Kevin Durant is his toughest opponent in the league;
"It is," he said. "It is a tougher matchup. I watch their games, I watch a lot of NBA games. And offensively, KD is most of the times he’s scoring in bunches off of iso plays and one-on-one plays. "And when they play against us, he’s moving a lot. He’s the screener, he’s getting back-screened and he’s coming off pin-downs and it’s a little different when I’m guarding him and it makes it a tougher cover."
This will undoubtedly be skewed into a debate about how Paul George is somehow dissing LeBron James. Which is good for television, considering the Pacers and Heat square off tonight. However, George's point is spot on, talking about how difficult it is to chase Durant around the court.
That's certainly no knock on James, but KD is more active off the ball, coming off screens, and his length is a problem. Based on the system the Thunder run, specifically designed to fatigue his defenders, it's no wonder George has a more difficult time defending Durant.
That said, it will be that much more interesting to watch two of the top-5 players in the league square off tonight, when Miami visits Indiana. Of course, that's if you're not watching the Knicks at Cleveland.