Durant’s barb came seconds after the Warriors overcame a 17-point deficit to win Game 2 of their playoff series
How good is Kevin Durant? He delivered a dagger to the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night. And he wasn’t even suited up.
It happened this way:
Shortly after the final buzzer of the Warriors’ come-from-behind victory in Game 2 of their conference finals series against Portland, the Dubs came whooping and hollering into the tunnel that leads to their locker room. The injured Durant, currently sidelined by a calf injury, greeted his teammates as they came off the floor.
According to Yahoo, upon seeing Draymond Green, Durant, in an apparent reference to the Blazers, said “(NBA) Finals? They ain’t trying to go there.”
Yahoo also reported that ESPN recorded Durant’s remark and posted it on Twitter. The tweet was subsequently deleted, Yahoo said.
That doesn’t mean it’s going away. Durant’s remark is clearly an escalation in the podcast war between he and Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum. Appearing on McCollum’s podcast last summer, Durant laughed at McCollum’s assertion that the Blazers had the makings of an NBA champion.
“Bro, you know you guys aren’t going to win a championship,” Durant replied. The exchange touched off a days-long spitfest.
It’s the kind of comment that would figure to rub the Blazers the wrong way, especially given a) that they’re down 2-0, b) the 17-point lead they coughed up on Thursday, and c) almost certain elimination should they lose Game 3.
Durant will not travel to Portland for Games 3 and 4, instead concentrating on his rehab. And perhaps writing more material.