Friday, January 10th, 2014 at 9:50 am  |  12 responses

Kevin Durant Shakes Kenneth Faried Badly With Crossover and Jumper (VIDEO)

Smooth move.

It was not a great night on the defensive end for Kenneth Faried. Kevin Durant nearly sent him crashing to the floor with a nasty, right-to-left crossover.

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  • Dfrance

    Big mans worst nightmare to be on an island with a guard with handle like that. I respect Faried for staying on his feet. lol

  • kc

    funny thing is Durant is significantly taller than Faried too. Don’t see many big guy breaking ankles like this.

  • Dfrance

    Durant is a 7 foot, shooting guard. It really isn’t fair. lol

  • Anthony

    Played like he knew he was gonna get beat off the dribble….way too much space, let KD dictate his defensive movements. As a big on a guard I think its usually best to press up, get them to commit and just do your best to try and catch up once they make their move. Looking at the replay I don’t think KD really knew what he wanted to do and was just dribbling until he saw the stumble..

  • spit hot fiyah

    that could have ended even worse

  • fruizm

    I think KD is one of the few players who actually make the shot after crossing someone!

  • Dfrance

    KD was sizing him up the whole time, the cross is what caused the stumble. Pressing up is probably the better option, but a big guarding a guard has the mindset that “I know he’s quicker than me, let me play back so I don’t get beat. I have the length to close out on the jumper.” Sometimes it works, sometimes you get crossed over.

  • https://twitter.com/_SimeonA703 LBN-3805

    At least he didn’t fall

  • Daniel Noel

    i concur

  • Daniel Noel

    smh @ my boy manimal, but beautiful shot by KD!

  • house

    Yup, against guys like that you gotta get right up on em.

  • TBRK

    such a calm jumper