Now, perimeter defenders like Patrick Beverley and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander aren’t as worried that if they get beat on the perimeter their man will score in the paint. That allows them to play up on the ball more aggressively, knowing that Zubac will block or contest the shot if they get blown by. “If someone beats our guy, I’ll always be down there trying to help, trying to protect the rim,” Zubac said. “He’s not one of those guys who cares about getting dunked on or anything,” Beverley added. “Pressure from me and Shai, send them to Zu, Zu cleaning up.”
May 18, 2019 | 9:05 pm EDT Update
For now it is all speculation, but there were anonymous whispers asking if it was true that the Knicks and Durant had already held a secret meeting, that a handshake deal was already in place and that endorsement deals were already ironed out. It wasn’t just talk about the Knicks securing the services of Durant, but that the elite scorer is bolting the Warriors despite all of the success. No one would put a name on their thoughts, but they did at least in their minds, figure out the hardest part of the Durant free agency question: why would he leave the Warriors?