It is the way they share the ball. Or the way they defend. Or the way they shoot. Or their depth, experience, quickness, versatility, unselfishness. You could use up all your cloud storage listing attributes that make the world-champion Warriors great. Now the Knicks get another eyeful Monday at the Garden. “Obviously, they’re a great team,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said with classic understatement Sunday after practice in Tarrytown. “What makes them hard to guard is they know each other well enough and they all know how to play the game well enough that no matter what you do, they have an adjustment.” Doing it with four All-Stars — two of them league MVPs in Steph Curry and Kevin Durant — helps. Then there are Draymond Green, the reigning defensive player of the year, and Klay Thompson, one of the best two-way players on the planet. “LeBron [James] has a bad night, Cleveland is screwed. Durant has a bad night, it’s, ‘OK, let the other guys loose,’ ” one scout said describing the 46-14 Warriors. “We know what type of problems Golden State brings, the pace that they play at. We’ve got to match that from the get-go,” said Trey Burke, coming off back-to-back 26-point games off the bench as part of the Knicks’ youth movement. “We’re all pros. I believe we can win the game [Monday]. We’ve just got to match their intensity.” Matching intensity is one thing. But beating the Warriors is, you know, tough. One Knick who knows that better than most is center Enes Kanter, part of the 2016 Thunder team that had the Warriors in a 3-1 playoff vise and let them escape. The Warriors eventually blew a 3-1 lead against James and the Cavaliers in the 2016 Finals before bouncing back to claim their second title in three years last season. Durant was part of the 2016 Thunder before joining the Warriors.
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New York Post | Feb 26