After the Grizzlies were eliminated last season, I had a long talk with Tony Allen about how he’d defend the play on which the Thunder leaned in crunch time […] How would Allen handle that play if he were guarding Durant? Would he shoot the gap? Ask for help? Switch?
Allen responded that he’d simply fight through the screen and stay as close to Durant as he could. He’d just “lock and trail,” he said. I asked him how he would do that, and it was almost as if the question made no sense to someone with his skill set. His response was, basically, “I’d just do it.” But how? “You just have to do it.” Yeah, but is there some sort of technique or timing or secret to it? “Man, you just do it.” We went on like that until I gave up.”