Despite dropping a team-high 37 points on the Rockets in game one of the Western Conference Finals, Kevin Durant is apparently not Houston's biggest concern.
The Warriors forward put on a vintage scoring display, shooting 51.9% from the field and nailing all six of his free throws whilst leading Golden State to an impressive 119-106 win on the road.
D'Antoni though, seemed more worried about one of Durant's teammates after the damaging loss.
“He is 7 feet and falling away. He’s one of the best scorers ever, right? So I thought he was extremely good. But we can withstand that,” D’Antoni said, per ESPN’s Chris Haynes. “We can’t withstand turning the ball over, missing layups, them getting out. Klay Thompson got up 15 [3-pointers]. We can’t give him 15 threes. We’re switching everything and staying off for that reason, so we have to clean up some stuff and see if we can do it on Wednesday.”
Essentially D'Antoni admitted that he's happy for Durant to get his points, which are inevitable due to his elite scoring ability, but he won't accept others like Thompson getting so many open looks.
Fixable things such as leaving the All Star guard open to the extent he was able to put up 15 three-pointers will likely be high on the Rockets agenda as the series develops, and they'll hope to dry up the other major sources of points around KD.
That's easier said than done though, given that Steph Curry only hit one three point shot all game on Monday night and Golden State still won by 13 points.
Additionally, essentially giving in to Durant's scoring brilliance isn't the best mindset, and the former MVP will likely continue to feast if given such an opportunity.
Though the Warriors typically operate within the realms of constant ball movement, when KD is hot like that, even Steve Kerr is happy to throw that game plan out of the window and simply feed the hot hand.
"We want to keep the ball moving, but obviously Kevin is the ultimate luxury because a play can break down and you just throw him the ball," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
"He can get you a bucket as well as anybody on Earth. This is why anybody would want him on their team. You think about a couple years ago, and we're in the Finals and we couldn't quite get over the hump. Kevin is the guy that puts you over the hump. I don't know what you do to guard him. He can get any shot he wants."
Houston faces an uphill battle to progress to the NBA Finals after surrendering home court with Monday's loss, and an in-form Durant won't make that any easier.