Kevin Durant: 'We're Not Invincible' After Game 2 Loss vs. Rockets

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2018

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts to a call during the second half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Kevin Durant provided a dose of perspective in the aftermath of the Golden State Warriors' 127-105 Game 2 loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

After being asked if he was surprised that Houston outscored the defending champions by 17 points with the Hamptons Five lineup—which consists of Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green—on the floor, the 2017 Finals MVP kept a level head. 

"No, s--t happens," Durant told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami (warning: NSFW language). "We're not invincible. We're not the juggernauts of the NBA. We're a good team, but that's a great team on the other end as well.

"That's the beauty of the game, man. Some games you're going to get knocked out. Some games you're going to get punched in the face. How you respond, that's the beauty of it."

To his credit, Durant did his best to keep the Warriors afloat with a game-high 38 points on 13-of-22 shooting. That said, he did commit a team-high five turnovers, as sloppy execution proved prevalent throughout.

On a more macro scale, the Hamptons Five hasn't generated much success through two games against the Rockets.

According to NBA.com's lineup data, that group has been outscored by 14.9 points per 100 possessions and surrendered a defensive rating of 125.8 through 39 minutes together in the Western Conference Finals.

Conversely, the Warriors' most dynamic five-man unit scorched the New Orleans Pelicans to the tune of a 40.9 net rating in 54 minutes during the second round.

Golden State will now have three days to reconfigure its approach as it heads back to Bay Area in hopes of staying perfect at home in the playoffs with Games 3 and 4 on the horizon.

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