“Every time I get ejected, I make sure it’s late in the game,” Said a smiling Kevin Durant after his league-leading third ejection of the season on Monday night. “I’m not messing up like that in the first or second quarter, I make sure it’s late in the game if I want to do something, but I’ve got to be more focused than that, I’ve got to be more poised, I can’t let anybody take me off my game.”
The person he lost his poise with was DeMarcus Cousins, who was also ejected for his shouting match with KD, left without speaking to the media and once again leads the league in techs with eight; KD is third with six and his teammate Draymond Green is second with seven. Boogie has led the league in techs for five of the past six seasons. The only reason he didn’t lead the league in 2014/15 is because he only played 59 games. I’m assuming he could have picked up one more if he played a full season. I’m also assuming if Durant didn’t have a the refs and his teammates in between him and Boogie, he would have taken a few punches.
“I’m not going to fight nobody,” Added Durant, when asked about his confrontation with Cousins. “I don’t want to get injured. I don’t want to get suspended. I love to play. I love making money for my family. So I’m not trying to get suspended or get in no fights with nobody. Nobody on the floor is going to fight. Nobody in the NBA is going to throw punches. We’re just talking, getting into it. It’s a heated match-up. It’s a heated conversation. We said what we had to say and moved on. If it escalates, we’ve got teammates and so many people that can get in between us and prevent us from doing anything stupid.”
Here’s a shocking stat for you: KD was ejected 0 times in his first 811 games (705 regular season + 106 playoffs) and three times in his past 18.
Durant’s first ejection of the season came in the final minute of a 111-101 loss to the Grizzlies during the first week of the season after an argument with a ref. As he walked to the locker room, he flashed a finger to either flick off a fan or show that he’s won a ring.
The second ejection came in the final five minutes of a 133-112 blowout win vs the Magic, also for arguing with the refs. This time he cursed out the ref on his way to the showers.