It’s the game everybody is going to be watching Saturday night: Kevin Durant makes his first return to Oklahoma City in a Golden State uniform. It’s going to be emotional — for the fans in OKC, and for Durant.
It’s not just going to rain down boos on KD, it’s going to be a thunderstorm of boos. A tropical storm hitting a Carribean island of boos.
Durant has hired a little extra security for his return, just to make sure it’s only boos that hit him, reports Chris Haynes of ESPN.
A heightened armed security team has been procured, tripling the normal amount of security personnel the Warriors typically travel with, league sources told ESPN….
The Warriors will not have a shootaround, being that it’s the second game of a back-to-back. However, Durant “won’t be locked in his hotel room,” a source said. He plans to venture out into the city to a certain extent, though how much is unknown.
This is a smart precaution by Durant. That vast majority of Thunder fans may be mad at Durant for leaving and feel that booing him — and a Thunder win — would be cathartic, but there might be a handful willing to go further.
How Durant handles the heightened emotions, the insults, the experience will go a long way to how the Warriors do in the game. You know Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green will want to have KD’s back, but the Warriors are on the second night of a back-to-back and the third game in four nights. Oklahoma City has a real chance in this game, but Russell Westbrook can’t just put up another triple-double, he needs to be efficient doing it. And he needs to get some help.