During their second-round series during this year's postseason, the Portland Trail Blazers had a tough time slowing down the Golden State Warriors.
And it won't get any easier with the addition of Kevin Durant to the defending Western Conference champions.
Blazers head coach Terry Stotts addressed Durant joining the Warriors and what it will take for teams to beat the NBA's newest "super team."
"Kevin Durant is a great player, obviously, and I could be flippant and say 'unless they win 74, they didn't get better.' It's going to be a challenge. They were a fun team to watch this year. I think they were great for basketball," Stotts said Saturday on SiriusXM NBA Radio.
"They've been a team over the last few years that has really accentuated the importance of passing and playing unselfish and playing good team-defense and Kevin Durant is going to make them better, obviously. But you've got to go out and play the games. It'll be a challenge, no question," Stotts said.
Stotts offered his thoughts on the Warriors adding the 2014 MVP and four-time NBA scoring champ.
"It was an interesting move, certainly one that's been talked about around the league, around basketball circles, everybody has a certain take on it. But you add an MVP in the prime of his career onto your team, you're going to be better," Stotts said.
So how do you beat the new-look Warriors?
"You're going to have to play a good game against them. They lost their three big guys, they lost [Marreese] Speights and [Andrew] Bogut and Festus [Ezeli], so they're going to have to look at what they want to get done defensively, how they're going to play. But certainly, they're going to take small ball to another level. Everybody else tries to do the best they can in free agency and work the roster the best they can," Stotts said.