With 1:57 left in last night’s Oklahoma City Thunder-Brooklyn Nets game, frustration got the better of Kevin Durant and he was ejected for the first time in his 6-year career.
The Thunder were inbounding the ball from the baseline and Kendrick Perkins was called for an illegal screen on Durant’s defender, Gerald Wallace. Durant punched his arm in the air and dropped a few F-bombs by the looks of it and referee Danny Crawford had enough.
It was kind of a weird moment seeing Durant lose his cool like that because it has basically never happened to him before.
The Thunder expended so much energy to get back in the game last night after falling behind by 23 points in the first half. Then in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, OKC just couldn’t muster enough to complete the comeback and Brooklyn started to pull away.
Durant was hit with some contact on a few drives leading up to the play where he was clearly looking for a foul. The calls were 50-50 ones that Durant is used to getting at home but that wasn’t the case last night.
The ejection and the emotion that the Thunder team had over last night’s game will probably be a good thing in the near future. It was the kind of game where afterward, team leaders like Durant and Perkins will likely talk the team in a way that will help them play better moving forward.
The defense has been suspect for the Thunder lately even in their wins and especially last night. It’s the kind of thing that can be cured with better focus and attention to detail.
One thing is definitely for certain though and that’s that Durant will be going off tomorrow night at home vs. Philadelphia. You have to feel bad for the 76ers that they will be dealing with an extra motivated Durant on that night.