Steve Kerr ‘very surprised’ by Kevin Durant’s ejection
Steve Kerr isn’t sure that Kevin Durant deserved to be ejected Tuesday night, suggesting that while the Golden State Warriors star’s conduct earned a first technical foul, the second one was questionable in his opinion.
Durant was assessed two technicals in quick succession in a convincing 116-102 victory over the Denver Nuggets with 8:21 left in the third quarter. The Warriors star was quickly sent to the showers for jawing at official Zach Zarba after he felt he was fouled on an airballed 3-point attempt.
Footage appeared to show Durant using profanity when yelling at Zarba. Once T’d up for a second time, Durant unleashed an expletive-laden rant while being held back by DeMarcus Cousins.
Video of Kevin Durant’s ejection. pic.twitter.com/HsBVyBwEFW— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) April 3, 2019
After the game, Kerr reacted to Durant’s ejection, and the Warriors head coach wondered aloud whether the heave-ho was warranted, all the while being as diplomatic as possible concerning Zarba.
“I thought he deserved the first technical I didn’t think he deserved the second one. I was very surprised. I watched the whole thing. I didn’t think he deserved to be ejected,” Kerr said, via the New York Post. “I think Zach Zarba’s one of the best officials in the game so I’ve got no complaints with Zach, he knows what he’s doing.”
The two technicals were Durant’s 14th and 15th of the season, meaning the next one will result in an automatic one-game suspension.
The Warriors’ latest run-in with a game official came on the same day the NBA announced that Durant, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green had been fined for their critical comments about officiating following a controversial overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves last Friday.
Kerr of course was asked about the fines ahead of Tuesday’s win, and indicated the punishments were expected.
Kerr may be spending too much time of late addressing extracurricular activities by Warriors players. The case can be made that it could spell trouble for the Warriors in the postseason if the team continues to battle with officials in such a manner.
“I think we can be better at keeping our poise, myself included,” Kerr said.