The Lebron haters won't see that. HOWEVER, if it was the other way around, GURANTEE dudes would be talking about how Lebron didn't want it with KD and was scared to guard him, etc.
Dudes acting like Bron wasn't on THE best player for majority of the game last night and STILL had a good game in his own right. Normally, with these "epic" matchups, both star players wouldn't guard each other, until maybe the 4th. Gotta take that into account.
That's not the point. Durant is an all-time offensive great. No one is going to check him. He came in averaging 29-30 points v. Lebron. Lebron can't check him period. But he tries to defend him. 12-23 is one of the "poorer" games shooting-wise for Durant during this streak. Lebron actually does an overall good job v. Durant more than most other specialists out there.
But the moment you put Durant on Lebron, bam it's a foul. Durant simply can't check Lebron to begin with due to the size difference. Lebron would foul him out in like a quarter. He's too skinny for Lebron. So nobody should expect Durant to be on Lebron for more than short stretches.
Lebron actually tried last night defensively but some of the shots Durant made were simply "unguardable." Nothing you can do about deep 3s in your face. But what killed the Heat were the 10 fastbreak points that Durant got to get him into that rhythm.