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Rivers is a huge fan of Kevin Durant
Rivers is a huge fan of Kevin Durant.

Doc Rivers picks toughest player to guard - and it's not LeBron

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LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers believes Kevin Durant is the toughest player in the NBA to guard - not LeBron James.

The Oklahoma City Thunder star is closing in on his fourth NBA scoring title - he's currently averaging 32.1 points-per-game, more than 4.6 points more than the New York Knicks scorer Carmelo Anthony.

Durant's sky-high average has been fuelled by a remarkable run of 41 consecutive games of at least 25 points, a streak that surpassed Michael Jordan's mark.

It came to an end against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night, when Durant "only" managed 23 points in a 107-92 Thunder victory.

Even so, Rivers believes Durant is the "single difficult player to defend" against in the NBA.

"I've said that for three years," Rivers told ESPN yesterday. "And even when you defend him well, in most cases, he just missed the shot.

"He's unique. I guess if you gave George Gervin five more inches, he'd be similar. But I don't think we've ever seen a Durant. He's Kevin Durant."

Durant will be hoping to lead the Thunder to the Finals this year as he looks for his first ever NBA championship. The 25-year-old MVP candidate leads the Thunder in scoring, but they currently sit second in the Western Conference, 3.5 games back from the San Antonio Spurs.

As it stands, the Thunder will face the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the NBA playoffs. But the LA Clippers are just 1.5 games behind the Thunder in the race for the Western Conference second seed.

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