Tonight before the Wizards-Thunder game I had a chance to quickly chat with Washington Wizards rookie Chris Singleton about his defensive assignment: Kevin Durant. Here that goes…
On your defensive assignment of Kevin Durant… are you ready to battle?
“I feel like I’m ready more than ever. I mean, he’s a tough competitor. He’s got so many different things he can do, he can shoot. He’s also 6’11″, can handle the ball. He’s got so many ways he can beat you. I’m just looking forward to the task.”
What tendencies of Durant’s do you have to limit?
“He can get to the rim, he’s 6’11″ with a 7’4″, 7’5″ wingspan. He also has a pull-up game, he can freeze you, and also he’s good at creating fouls. So I have to stay away from that.”
What have you learned from guarding guys like Carmelo Anthony that might apply to a guy like Durant?
“They just get to their strong points, where they feel most comfortable on the court, and they’re just trying to do whatever and keep coming at you.”
What do you do to establish yourself?
“Just try to contain him the best that I can. I feel like if we slow him down just a little bit, we’ll have a good chance in this game.”
Now is that just slowing down Durant or the entire Thunder team?
“My job is to slow down him.”
As a team, what’s the goal against the Thunder?
“Limit their transition opportunities and limit our turnovers.”
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