Kevin Durant: Three-Point Era Won’t Last Much Longer

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On Saturday night, the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings set a new NBA record for combined made threes in a game (41). Stephen Curry contributed a game-high 10 threes to that number, while Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant each hit three.

This style of play has become custom with teams like the Warriors and Rockets leading the charge on taking the pace and space concept to explosive heights.

After the game, Durant was asked about this high-octane three-point era that we’re in and predicted its end in the near future.

Right now the Warriors aren’t even top-five in total threes attempted this season. They rank eighth at 1,285. The Rockets, Bucks, Celtics, Nets, and Raptors currently lead the league in total attempts.

Durant said he prefers to play inside the three-point line. He’s one of the rare and special cases of players who has the luxury of being able to dominate from anywhere on the floor.

The “pick-up style”, Durant says, will ultimately seize. For now, at least, that’s pretty hard to fathom. The Houston Rockets missed 27 consecutive threes in their Game 7 loss against the Warriors in last season’s Western Conference Finals. Even that didn’t warrant an altering of their identity.

No team seemingly lives and dies by the three more than Houston or Golden State. Not every team is laced with the ability or diversity of outside shooting, but even the Bucks, without a flurry of shooters, have entered the realm this season with new head coach Mike Budenholzer.

All trends eventually fade. This one might not happen until more teams start actually dying by it.

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. Martin has work experience in digital media, radio, and journalism. He started a basketball blog and internet radio show in 2013 on Blog Talk Radio. Martin previously hosted the Knightcap show for WCTC 1450 AM covering the Rutgers Men's Basketball team. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, and All Hip-Hop. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU and a 1st-Team All-MAC Conference performer. Follow Mart on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries

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