Kevin Durant talks trash about Blazers after Game 2 win
Kevin Durant may be sidelined with a strained right calf, but the injured Golden State Warriors superstar is certainly healthy enough to engage in some postgame trash talk.
The Durant-less Warriors stormed back from a 65-50 deficit at halftime Thursday night to upend the Portland Trail Blazers by a score of 114-111 to seize a commanding 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals.
With the Warriors headed back to the locker room after the 15-point comeback, Durant congratulated and slapped hands with some teammates, during which he said of the Blazers, “NBA Finals, they don’t wanna go there.”
“NBA Finals, they don’t wanna go there.”— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) May 17, 2019
Kevin Durant after the Warriors 15-point comeback in GM2. pic.twitter.com/SnbK2dKuzU
Durant has some history with making jabs at the Blazers’ expense. Last offseason during an appearance on Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum’s podcast, Durant suggested that Portland “wasn’t going to win a championship” and the Blazers star should not “worry about what goes on at the top of things.”
McCollum downplayed Durant’s chatter ahead of the series, but it looks like latter may recall all too well what he said to the former ahead of the season.
On the injury front, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr indicated earlier this week that while Durant has “made progress,” the superstar’s issue with his ailing calf appears to be “a little more serious than we thought.”
The Warriors being up 2-0 certainly gives them the luxury of being cautious with Durant, at least until the Trail Blazers notch a win in the series. Portland’s first chance to do comes Saturday night within the friendly confines of Moda Center.
With Durant being ruled out for at least Games 3 and 4, he may be resigned to using only his mouth as opposed to his otherworldly court skills to help along his teammates in the series with the Blazers.