Kevin Durant admits Grizzlies star is in his head

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Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant has been hounded by one man, and it seems like Tony Allen's man marking tactics are starting to get to the potential MVP winner.

When the first round playoff series between OKC and the Memphis Grizzlies began, nobody gave Memphis much of a chance against KD, Russell Westbrook and co. But the Grizzlies go into game 5 level at 2-2, and Allen can be credited with some of that.

Well known for his tenacious defensive style of play, Allen has often found himself guarding Durant. And the Thunders man has hinted he’s starting to get a little shy in possession with Allen around:

“I’m worrying about a guy coming from behind trying to block the shot,” Durant said to ESPN. “I’ve just got to focus in on the rim and my shot. I can’t go out there and think too much, I have to let my instincts take over.”

Durant isn’t the first player that Allen has forced into struggles come postseason play and he almost certainly won't be the last victim of the 30-year old's hardline stick-to-you-like-glue style on the defensive side of the game. 

The potential MVP candidate is currently shooting a less than impressive 39 percent through the series’ first four contests, and despite nailing 30 points or so in every game, Allen is still getting the plaudits for the way in which he is taking the game to KD and OKC.

Then again it's no wonder that Allen is so tough on defense, when he only has to do this to get the ball when the Grizzlies are in possession.

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