Kevin Durant has been playing with a chip on his shoulder this year. It’s surprising considering Durant doesn’t have all that much to prove. He’s won two NBA titles and two Finals MVP’s, but he still seems to feel like he needs to show the world something. This mentality has led to Durant being ejected numerous times while receiving a plethora of technical fouls. Durant was ejected once again, this time in the Golden State Warriors first playoff game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. Despite the team winning easily, Durant spoke about the incident today, saying he doesn’t want to be a distraction.
“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.