Monday night sees the Oklahoma City Thunder travel to San Antonio to face the Spurs in Game One of the Western Conference Finals.
With the Spurs having led the way in the conference in the regular season, and continued their efficient form in the postseason, Kevin Durant today spoke of the Thunder's game plan to prevent an early defeat - and as expected, the 2014 MVP knows he has a big role to play:
"It'll just be getting to my spots and being disciplined with my shot," he told reporters after Monday's shoot around.
"I feel like I can get to wherever I want on the court, but I have to be forceful wherever I can."
Durant comes into the series averaging 31.4 points in the 2014 playoffs and he and teammate Russell Westbrook understand that a strong defensive effort from OKC as a whole will be essential with the likes of Tony Parker and Tim Duncan lurking:
"We have to get stops first. Defending gives us opportunities to get out on the break and we can use that to our advantage," said Westbrook.
On offense meanwhile, Durant was keen to keep the Spurs guessing as to where the OKC would look to score from:
"It's just to keep them honest with the jump shot sometimes if they're sagging off, and then attack them.
"Tim Duncan is really good at anticipating shots and blocking them at the rim, but we have to keep attacking and playing with the pass," explained Durant.
The Thunder swept the regular season series against the Spurs 4-0 so their tactics have clearly been working well so far and Russell Westbrook was wary of faliing into any Spurs traps in Game One:
"That's what their defense is based on, baiting you into shooting those shots.
"You have to pick them wisely, know time, score and possession and how the game is going," said Westbrook.