This year Kevin Durant played on his shoulder with a chip. It’s surprising that Durant doesn’t have to prove all that much. He has won two NBA titles and two MVP Finals, but he still seems to feel like he has something to show to the world. This mentality has led to numerous ejections of Durant while receiving a multitude of technical fouls.
Durant was ejected again, this time on Saturday in the first playoff game of the Golden State Warriors against the Los Angeles Clippers. Durant spoke today about the incident despite the team winning easily, saying he doesn’t want to be a distraction.
Kevin Durant and Patrick Beverley were just both ejected. KD wants smoke. 💨pic.twitter.com/ngrCo2rsPu
— DC Maryland Virginia (@DMVFollowers) April 14, 2019
“In the moment it was cool,” Durant said according to ESPN. “But just the reaction after the game, I don’t want coach or my teammates or the organization to be upset with me because of some s— that I did. I don’t want to get in the way of what’s going out on the floor. I think that was a huge distraction and I don’t want that to be a part of this series. I just want to play. It looks like it’s a huge distraction.”
Durant and Patrick Beverley were both ejected after going at it on both sides of the ball all game. Beverley continuously mocked Durant for flopping and then eventually the two almost came to punches. That’s when the referee got in the way and threw them both out.
“I don’t want to disappoint my coaches,” Durant continued, “and the fan base and owners who expect me to be out on the floor, so I apologize — for being thrown out the game.” The Warriors will take on the Clippers in game two on Monday at 10:30 P.M. EST.