It was during last year’s NBA Finals, when Durant says the Warriors had to be completely locked in to overcome Irving and the Cavs:
We had to be on point with those dudes. If we weren’t, we were going to lose the game. That’s how talented Kyrie Irving [is]—he made me a believer last year. I liked Kyrie, but when we played against him, I’m like, ‘Oh shit. This guy is a king hooper.’
Kyrie, playing against him in the Finals made me realize how damn good he is. When we played against them, I knew we couldn’t just come out there and just dick around. We had to play the game.
Irving, a five-time All-Star, averaged 29.4 points, 4.4 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game in the series.