WATCH: JR Smith’s Dangerous Closeout on Kevin Durant Backfires

by June 04, 2017
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Once again in Game 2, Kevin Durant was unguardable, finishing with a game-high 33 points on 13-22 shooting.

On a shot attempt during the third quarter, Durant almost was almost injured by Cavs guard JR Smith as Smith slid his foot under Durant on the closeout.

https://youtu.be/7CwccKUM1m0

Durant narrowly avoided Smith’s foot on the way down, made the three-pointer and drew the foul on Smith—his fourth.

Closeouts have been a hot topic for the Warriors during the postseason this year. After Kawhi Leonard went down in Game 1 after landing on Zaza Pachulia’s foot in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, KD avoided another dangerous closeout by LaMarcus Aldridge in Game 2.

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