Kevin Durant Says Emotions, Desire for Warriors Repeat Causing More Technicals

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2018

Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant speaks during a media conference on Friday, March 16, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Durant will miss 1-2 weeks to allow a rib injury to heal. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Kevin Durant said Friday that his "emotions and passion for the game" have fueled a spike in technical fouls this season, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.    

"After winning that championship, I learned that much hadn't changed," Durant added. "I thought it would fill a certain [void]. It didn't. That's when I realized in the offseason that the only thing that matters is this game and how much work you put into it. Everything else off the court, social media, perception, isn't important. What people say, how they view you, it's not important."

Durant also said his more heated disposition has been the product of the Golden State Warriors' quest to become the first team to repeat as champion since the Miami Heat did so in 2012 and 2013. 

"What we did as a team was special, and I want to experience that again," he said. "My love and passion for the game has [blossomed] because I understand that's what it's all about, and I'm pouring all of this [newfound thirst] into this game. But I know I have to keep [my fire] under control, and I will."

Durant, in his return from a six-game absence because of an incomplete rib cartilage fracture, was ejected in the second quarter of Thursday night's 116-107 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at Oracle Arena. 

It was the fifth time this season that Durant has been ejected—the most in the NBAHe's also picked up 14 technical fouls. If he's assessed two more, he will receive an automatic one-game suspension. 

Thanks to Thursday's loss, the Warriors will not finish as the Western Conference's No. 1 seed for the first time since the 2013-14 season. That honor belongs to the Houston Rockets, who are seven games clear of Golden State with two weeks remaining in the regular season. 

The defending champions will be back in action Saturday at Golden 1 Center against the Sacramento Kings

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