Why Kevin Durant is afraid to fail on defense

KD has never been recognized as an All-NBA defender, but he's motivated to block that distinction into oblivion this year.

After Golden State's first win of the season on Oct. 20, the Warriors were in the visitor's locker room in New Orleans celebrating Kevin Durant. But they weren't praising him for his 22 points and eight rebounds. They weren't talking about his silky-smooth jumper or his tight handle, either. No, it was the way he had played on defense, swatting away a career-high seven shots.On one sequence early in the second quarter, Durant's left shoe had squirmed off after a made basket. He had to get bac...