He, at least, appeared before the press. Unlike Devin Booker, who left the Suns room without responding to reporters, Kevin Durant assumed this elimination of Phoenix from the conference semifinals, and especially this big spanking at home. Like last year, against Dallas, the Suns were led by 30 points at halftime. Kevin Durant was not present last season, but the pain, or rather the embarrassment, is the same.
“It’s a bad feeling… It’s embarrassing…” acknowledges All-Star winger. “They landed, stuck a right in our face, and we never recovered. »
Thanks to Cameron Payne, the Suns lasted seven minutes, and then they conceded a terrible 23-2 in five minutes to finish the first quarter with 44 points against and 18 points behind. They will never recover.
“They did what they wanted in attack” continues Kevin Durant. “It’s difficult in these conditions to find your rhythm and to continue. It’s difficult when you give 44 points in one quarter, then 37 in the second. With 81 points conceded at halftime, it’s hard to follow up. »
One thing is certain: Kevin Durant does not want to put it down to his injury this winter, or his arrival during the season. Not even on the injuries of Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton.
“If I take the context into account, we will say that I am looking for excuses” he warns. ” We just have to do better next season. I felt good, but it lacked consistency. I felt my shots well when they left my hands, but they did not fall in (note: 8 out of 19 on shots, no 3-points attempted!). This is the very principle of this sport. It’s frustrating, but you have to keep working. »
For the future, he remains confident. Kevin Durant pushed hard to join Chris Paul and Devin Booker, and he believes in the future of his new team.
“It’s difficult to envisage the future, but the foundations are good, the infrastructure too, and we can rely on that. We can improve, learn the lesson, and move forward. This remains a difficult question to answer at this precise moment. I am sure that when the summer is here and the off-season begins, we will find solutions. »
|2022-23 *||All Teams||47||36||56.0||40.4||91.9||0.4||6.3||6.7||5.0||2.1||0.7||3.3||1.4||29.1|
How to read the stats? MJ = matches played; Min = Minutes; Shots = Shots made / Shots attempted; 3pts = 3-points / 3-points attempted; LF = free throws made / free throws attempted; Off = offensive rebound; Def= defensive rebound; Tot = Total bounces; Pd = assists; Fte: Personal fouls; Int = Intercepts; Bp = Lost bullets; Ct: Counters; Points = Points.