Kevin Durant has flipped a switch in these playoffs and has put himself firmly back at the top of the debate for the league's best player.
Durant continued his assault on opposing defences on Tuesday night with 29 points, five rebounds and four assists in the Golden State Warriors' six-point win over the Houston Rockets to take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference Semifinals series.
29 PTS, 5 REB & 4 AST for @KDTrey5 to lead the @warriors to a Game 2 victory! #StrengthInNumbers #NBAPlayoffs- NBA (@NBA) May 1, 2019
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Through eight playoff games, the two-time Finals MVP is averaging a playoff-leading 34.3 points on 53% shooting from the field to go along with 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists.
To say he's in a zone is an understatement.
"This is where this sh- is fun, this is when it's serious and I'm just embracing it," Durant told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. "I'm just having so much fun right now.
"This time of year is what I'm geared for. I'm just hooping at a high level and enjoying the competitiveness of the playoffs.
"You go through such a long season to get to this point, and now it's time to produce."
Durant has been torching whoever has had the unenviable task of guarding him this postseason.
In round one against the LA Clippers, Patrick Beverley - an All-NBA defender - matched up against KD the most at 25.8 possessions per game. Durant lit him up for an average of nine points per game on 63.3% shooting from the field and 55.6% from three, according to NBA Stats.
In two games against the Rockets, PJ Tucker has drawn the assignment of guarding No. 35 and Durant has responded by nailing 42.9% of his field goals and shooting 50% from 3-point range.
"In the playoffs, we have individual assignments, and it's up to us collectively to execute," Durant continued.
"And me, I'm just doing what's asked of me, whether that's scoring, making plays for others or defending.
"I get so much joy playing this game, and I'm doing it to the best of my ability.