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Kevin Durant explains how he's trying to be even better this season

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Last year, the Golden State Warriors cruised to an NBA title, losing only one game in the postseason while sweeping three of their four opponents.

A big part of their playoff dominance was star forward Kevin Durant, who was in his first year with the team and ended up winning NBA Finals MVP honors.

Now, the Warriors have Durant back alongside fellow stars Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green and will try to win the franchise's third title in four years this season.

According to the Associated Press, Durant is eager to be even better this season, and said his biggest focus has been his shot percentage. He said he's working to make an even higher percentage of his shots this year:

''I just want to keep doing the same things,'' Durant said. ''If I'm making five out of my 10 shots a night, I can see if I can try to make 5 1/2 or six shots a night. I guess that's just the next challenge that I have for myself, just continue to do the small things with my game as far as my rhythm, catching and shooting, dribbling, one-dribble pull-ups, post-ups, all that type of stuff that goes into me being the scorer that I am. I've got to work on that every day, make sure that doesn't fall by the wayside because if I take two or three days off from doing that stuff I'm right behind.

"I can't take days off because I'm not physically as big and strong as a lot of guys that can use their bodies. I've got to rely on my skill a little bit more.''

If Durant can stay healthy for most of the season, he has a legitimate chance to win the regular-season MVP award, too -- an award that went to his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook last year.

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Durant said he's completely wiped last year's title out of his mind in order to focus on bringing yet another title to Golden State this season:

''I'm just coming into work every day trying to get better and I'm going home afterward,'' Durant said. ''It's simple. Just try to simplify it, so I get my work in and go home. ... I don't even remember last year.''

Though many teams in the Western Conference have made moves to try to better match up with the Warriors, it'll still be tough for any team to upset the defending champions, especially if Durant takes his game to a new level when the season starts next week.

Topics:
NBA Playoffs
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Stephen Curry
NBA Finals
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division

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