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Durant can't reinvent playoff wheel

Kevin Durant may be MVP-worthy, but his game is counter to what playoffs reward

Originally Published: June 14, 2014
By Howard Bryant | ESPN The Magazine

I'M AN NBA dinosaur. My religious following started in 1981, when the 3-point shot was just 2 years old and teams considered it a last resort, not a primary tactic. Offense was built from the inside, which opened up the outside shot, not the other way around. That was especially true in the playoffs, when referees rewarded an attacking offense with free throws and let aggressive defenses dictate: A regular-season 15-footer became a playoff 18-footer.

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