Kevin Durant emerges as elite shot-blocker for Warriors
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SAN ANTONIO - Nearly a decade ago, before he took his seat on the bench during Oklahoma City Thunder games, Kevin Durant often asked assistant coach Ron Adams to assess his defense.

One of the NBA's most-respected defensive architects, Adams could see in Durant all the makings of an elite shot-blocker: the 7-foot-5 wingspan, the 33½-inch vertical leap, the unyielding competitiveness. The problem? Because he had long been focused on scoring, Durant had yet to grasp the defensive...

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