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Though he and the Golden State Warriors capped a sweep of their regular-season series with the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 118-108 win on Martin Luther King Day at Quicken Loans Arena, Kevin Durant remains a bit wary.
Wary, as in the ceiling the Cavaliers (26-17) , losers of nine of their last 12 games after the defeat Monday night, can become once two-time All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas finds not only his legs, but also his comfort zone in Cleveland.
“Everyone knows it’s going to take a while to get into a comfortable groove here,” Durant said of Thomas, who just recently returned after a seven-month rehabilitation to allow a torn labrum in his right hip to heal. “It’s a new system, so I don’t think this game was any indication of what’s going to happen with this team down the line.”
For his part, the 5-foot-9 Thomas, who experienced the Cavaliers-Warriors rivalry — which has comprised the last three NBA Finals — for the first time, agreed with Durant’s assessment of what is down the road for both him and his new team.
“I’ve just got to get in shape,” Thomas, who finished with 19 points, one rebound and four assists on 8-of-21 shooting, including just 1-of-7 from 3, said. “I’ve got to get my legs back.
“I’ve got to keep pushing, keep working and it’ll come back.”
Durant, who led the Warriors (36-9) with 32 points and added five boards, eight dimes, three steals and a block in 35 minutes, reiterated the Cavaliers have much room to grow, and will.
“They’ll be much better than they are right now,” he said. “And we all know that.”