Wednesday’s matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers is, understandably, not quite as big of a deal as it has been in recent years. This sort of thing happens when you go from four straight NBA Finals matchups in a row to a meeting between the two-time defending champs and a team that is near the cellar of their conference.
Still, there’s intrigue when these two teams squared off, as their rivalry over the last four years could not have had bigger stakes. This year, the intrigue comes from whether the rebuilding Cavs will be able to take it to the Dubs.
Time will tell if they can, but Kevin Durant already knows that one guy in Cleveland is going to bring his A-game. That would be rookie Collin Sexton, who impresses Durant with how he turns things up to 11 whenever he’s going up against a superstar point guard.
“I saw him play Houston – he was going at Harden,” Durant said, according to 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland. “He was trying to go at Kyrie, he was trying to go at every player. You could tell he’s circling the big point guards and the big matchups on his calendar and he wants to show everybody who he is. So we’ll see who he is tonight. I’m looking forward to it, but he has a bright future.”
Sexton will have one heck of a matchup on Wednesday, as chasing Steph Curry around is as hard of a defensive assignment as their is for a point guard. It’s awfully hard to keep Curry from having big games, but Durant sounds like he expects Sexton to do everything he can to make that happen, regardless.