The usually mild-mannered Kevin Durant is collecting technical fouls at a rate that is completely out of character for him.
In Sunday's game against the Toronto Raptors, the Oklahoma City forward picked up his third technical in as many games. Following the Thunder's 104-92 victory, the 24-year-old Durant took to Twitter and jokingly offered an explanation for his recent behavior:
3 techs in 3 games, not like me...@kendrickperkins is a bad influence on my life lol jk..I will be better, sorry guys—Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) January 6, 2013
Thunder center Kendrick Perkins is notorious for racking up technical fouls—he led the NBA with 13 last year and is consistently one of the league's top offenders. Perkins already has four in the 2012-13 season, and he is well on his way to reaching double digits in technicals for the fifth season in a row.
The two other technical fouls called on Durant came during the Thunder's contest against the Brooklyn Nets on Jan. 2. Durant's two T's—which ironically came when he was incensed by a call made against Perkins—led to his first career ejection in 411 career regular-season games. As Durant told CBSSports.com after the game:
I just thought it was a bad call...Like I said, you get frustrated throughout a game and show emotion. That's how you can tell you love it.
The recent surge in technicals now leaves Durant with five on the year—the same number that he amassed throughout the entire 2011-12 campaign.