Durant lets loose after Warriors beat Spurs 141-102

Heather Diaz
February 9, 2019

"You ask my teammates, my coaches, you rile up the fanbase about it. Let us play basketball, that's all I'm saying". Golden State had lost the last two matchups with the Spurs, but won their third in a row at home in the series.

Speaking after the Golden State Warriors' 141-102 win over the San Antonio Spurs, the two-time NBA Finals MVP was asked why he had been uncharacteristically quiet over the last few weeks and replied he simply "did not feel like talking". Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins scored 15 points in his eighth game since returning from a almost year-long absence recovering from surgery for a ruptured left Achilles tendon. Steph Curry wasn't bad either: He had 19 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. "Every time I say something it gets twisted up and thrown out and so many different publications try to tear me down with the words that I say". Since the end of November, he has a 56.0 field goal percentage and 49.6 3-point percentage, a significant spike from his 43.9 FG% and 34.4 3PT% over the first 38 games of the season.

Kevin Durant is not happy with his media coverage. Now when I don't want to talk to [the media] it's a problem with me.

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Golden State's next game would be against the Phoenix Suns while the Spurs will play the Portland Trail Blazers next.

He expressed particular frustrations with Ethan Strauss, a reporter with the Athletic. "And he just walks around here, don't talk to nobody, just walk in here and survey and write something like that, and now you gotta pile on me because I don't wanna talk to y'all about that". Then when I don't wanna talk to you all it's a problem with me.

Durant was right in the middle of the impressive display, and then took a few more shots after the game was over. What's the problem? What am I doing here?

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