Kevin Durant was disappointed with himself after the Phoenix Suns lost to the Denver Nuggets 125-107 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Unlike the Nuggets, the Suns weren’t clicking on offense as a unit. KD and Devin Booker were the only players to score at least 20 points. Denver, on the other hand, had six players in double figures and obviously looked like the better team.
Despite the lackluster performance of the rest of the Phoenix team, Kevin Durant took all the blame for Saturday night’s loss. Durant put in a double-double performance, however, he still wasn’t satisfied. He was disgusted by his selfishness with just one assist in the game and how he failed to protect the ball committing seven turnovers.
“I only had one assist, seven turnovers,” Durant said. “We’re not going to win basketball games like this. I have to be a lot more careful with the ball. I either have to shoot the ball or make the right pass.”
How has Kevin Durant fared in the playoffs so far?
Although he had little time to build his chemistry with the Phoenix Suns in the regular season, Kevin Durant put in some spectacular performances in this year’s playoffs. Durant and the Suns easily took care of business against the LA Clippers in the first round. As expected, KD was the main Phoenix guy and fulfilled his role.
Kevin Durant averaged 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 6.2 assists, one steal and one block per game in their series against the Clippers. Los Angeles’ Russell Westbrook certainly didn’t make it easy for his former teammate as he successfully defended Durant on multiple possessions throughout the series. However, KD still managed to put on some spectacular performances and qualify for the semi-finals.
Now facing the Denver Nuggets, Durant is off to a good start individually. On Saturday, KD added 29 points, 14 points and three blocks. While fans think his recent performance was superb, the man himself was disappointed. He acknowledged that he should do better in the upcoming matches in order to help his team win.
With Durant leading by example and taking the blame, the Phoenix Suns need to step it up a notch if they want to dethrone the No. 1 seed Nuggets.