McKillop On Kerr: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't

Steve Kerr has several tough decisions to make regarding Kevin Durant

Taz and the Moose
June 10, 2019 - 9:45 am
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Kevin Durant is listed as questionable for Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday, this after not playing basketball for more than a month. He injured his calf in the conference semifinals against Houston on May 8.

“I think the injury was a lot more serious than was initially reported,” Davidson head coach Bob McKillop said on Taz & The Moose. “For him to be out this long and a guy who is as resilient as he is – you know he’s getting the best possible treatment. Sometimes those big bodies, those longer bodies, are more difficult to get back as quick as the guards are.”

Durant had been virtually unstoppable prior to his injury. He averaged 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 11 postseason games.

Don’t expect those numbers if Durant plays in Game 5.

“Rhythm is such a factor in a game,” said McKillop, who coached Steph Curry in college. “KD doesn’t have that rhythm right now because he hasn’t been on the court. I don’t care how talented you are. When you’re off the court for one month, you don’t just step back on the court and reach that high level of performance that is so characteristic of what KD has put on in a game. So there’s going to be the expectation, but I don’t believe that KD could have that same rhythm when he was at full swing during the season.”

Steve Kerr, meanwhile, will have several tough choices to make. Should Durant play? How many minutes should he play? Should he start or come off the bench?

“Steve Kerr had a very difficult dilemma to face when he sat Klay Thompson,” McKillop said. “You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Losing that game, he’s damned. I think he’s going to face a similar challenge tonight, and there’s no clear-cut answer. It’s a gut feeling. It’s an instinctive feeling. Winning that game in Toronto with the outstanding fans that they have, that’s a tough task with or without KD.”

Click below to listen to McKillop’s interview in its entirety.