"I'm going to gamble whether it helps the team or not ... that's what I do, that's what makes me who I am today," Allen said. "If I convert, it's a pat on the back. If I don't and it hurts the team, I'll try to get it back on the next possession."
Tactically, there likely will be some subtle differences in Game 3. The Thunder will probably try to move Allen off Durant a little by using more screens. Oklahoma City is used to teams setting up layers of defense in front of Durant, and it didn't react well when Allen was in full denial mode 25 feet from the basket, forcing the offense off its rhythm and Durant off his spots.
But the X's and O's only go so far. It'll be Durant's unmatched scoring machinery against Allen's unmatched tenacity. One of them is mad and the other is relentless. It's the type of theater that is the basis of playoff competition and intrigue.
"All I'm going to do," Allen said, "is play him 24 seconds at a time."