It's always fun to hear two people talk some friendly trash to each other.
On the most recent episode of "How Hungry Are You?" from Bleacher Report, the former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates had the following back-and-forth about the 2019 NBA Finals between the Warriors and Raptors:
Ibaka: "Do you think if you didn't go down, you guys would beat us?"
Durant: "For sure."
Ibaka: "Are you sure about that? Are you 100 percent, my brother? We were hot, baby ... we were hot. We were like fire. Nobody could stop us."
Durant: "I could. I was like Sub-Zero (laughing)."
Ibaka: "We may go to Game 7, but the way we were balling -- had confidence."
Durant: "Let's put it like this -- if ya'll go into a Game 7 with the two-time champs, you're not winning that game. You're not. Ya'll had to win in six, which ya'll did. But if I was out there, ya'll wouldn't have beat us at home."
Ibaka: "We almost beat you guys in five, you know that right?"
Durant: "Yeah. Game 6, ya'll almost lost anyway. Klay [Thompson] went out, and ya'll almost lost. So Game 6, we would have smacked ya'll at the crib. And then Game 7 -- I know for sure you could hear a pin drop in your locker room walking into that arena. Ya'll would have been so shook."
Durant: "So shook."
Ibaka: "Yeah, you're right about that (laughter). But we were hot, so we the champs."
Durant didn't bring up the fact that he missed the first four games of the series, while Klay and Kevon Looney were sidelined for Game 3 in Oakland.
I think we all can agree that if both teams were fully healthy from the start, Golden State wins the series in six games max.
But that's not how life works.
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Kevin Durant tells Serge Ibaka why Warriors would have beaten Raptors originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area