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NBA playoffs: Steve Kerr’s latest take on Kevin Durant’s technicals

Warriors manager Steve Kerr addressed the challenges with Kevin Durant avoiding more technicals

NBA playoffs: Steve Kerr’s latest take on Kevin Durant’s technicals
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Warriors manager Steve Kerr addressed the challenges with Kevin Durant avoiding more technicals

OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 13: Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (35) and Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) get up adjacent in the 4th quarter of Game 1 of an NBA archetypal circular playoff ordering at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Both Durant and Beverley were ejected from the game. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) By Mark Medina | mmedina@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: April 14, 2019 at 3:46 pm | UPDATED: April 14, 2019 at 6:52 pm

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OAKLAND – It did not take long for Warriors manager Steve Kerr to analyse the footage. Following the Warriors’ Game 1 win over the Los Angeles Clippers in their archetypal-circular matchup, Kerr rewatched the moments prima up to Kevin Durant and Patrick Beverley receiving ejections. Kerr then reached this decision astir authoritative Ed Malloy.

“I’m not sure anybody merited to get kicked out of the game,” Kerr said pursuing an elective workout on Sunday. “It didn’t look that bad.”

It has interpreted much thirster for Kerr to realize what has led to Durant receiving so many technicals first when the Warriors (1-0) play Game 2 against the Clippers on Monday at Oracle Arena .

Durant open the archetypal game of the NBA playoffs with two, five shy of receiving a one-game suspension. Durant has also collected more technicals this season (15) and last season (14) than what he haved during his archetypal five NBA seasons combined (10). After increasing his technicals with Oklahoma City in 2012-13 (12) and 2013-14 (16), Durant dropped those numbers with the Thunder in 2014-15 (four) and 2015-16 (eight) and in Golden State in 2016-17 (eight).

“I do not have any theories,” Kerr said. “I couldn’t tell you.”

Kerr has a better realizeing, though, on how Durant can avoid those technicals moving forward. While Kerr acknowledged “the challenge” in ensuring such behavior does not inhibit his competitive spirit, the Warriors’ manager simply advised “you have to ignore” Beverley’s baiting tactics.

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“You got to realize that we’re under the microscope,” Kerr said. “If they’re going to call things pretty adjacent, we just have to ignore that stuff and take care of business.”

Unlike other incidents, Durant did not collect his recent technicals for becoming angry with an authoritative or with Beverley.

When Beverley played him physically or mocked him verbally, Durant often smiled and mocked back at him. Even when Beverly fouled him from behind with 5:00 minutes left in the game, Durant smiled and mockingly clapped at Beverley. No matter. Both players haved a technical. Nearly 19 seconds later, Beverley fumbled a pass near midcourt, prompting Durant to shove Beverley with his hips out-of-bounds. When Beverley fell to the floor, Durant hovered over and taunted him with a smile on his face.

Kerr viewed such behavior similar to what caused Draymond Green to commit six turnovers in Game 1 and accumulate his own handful of technicals in recent seasons.

“A lot of our guys, which happens a lot in the archetypal circular of the playoffs, we’re a little too amped up. You need to settle in,” Kerr said. “But I trust Kevin and Draymond for that matter in terms of number of technicals and all of that stuff. They know what they’re doing. I’m confident they’ll stay below that threshold.”

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OAKLAND – It did not take long for Warriors manager Steve Kerr to analyse the footage. Following the Warriors’ Game 1 win over the Los Angeles Clippers in their archetypal-circular matchup, Kerr rewatched the moments prima up to Kevin Durant and Patrick Beverley receiving ejections. Kerr then reached this decision astir authoritative Ed Malloy.

“I’m not sure anybody merited to get kicked out of the game,” Kerr said pursuing an elective workout on Sunday. “It didn’t look that bad.”

It has interpreted much thirster for Kerr to realize what has led to Durant receiving so many technicals first when the Warriors (1-0) play Game 2 against the Clippers on Monday at Oracle Arena .

Durant open the archetypal game of the NBA playoffs with two, five shy of receiving a one-game suspension. Durant has also collected more technicals this season (15) and last season (14) than what he haved during his archetypal five NBA seasons combined (10). After increasing his technicals with Oklahoma City in 2012-13 (12) and 2013-14 (16), Durant dropped those numbers with the Thunder in 2014-15 (four) and 2015-16 (eight) and in Golden State in 2016-17 (eight).

“I do not have any theories,” Kerr said. “I couldn’t tell you.”

Kerr has a better realizeing, though, on how Durant can avoid those technicals moving forward. While Kerr acknowledged “the challenge” in ensuring such behavior does not inhibit his competitive spirit, the Warriors’ manager simply advised “you have to ignore” Beverley’s baiting tactics.

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“You got to realize that we’re under the microscope,” Kerr said. “If they’re going to call things pretty adjacent, we just have to ignore that stuff and take care of business.”

Unlike other incidents, Durant did not collect his recent technicals for becoming angry with an authoritative or with Beverley.

When Beverley played him physically or mocked him verbally, Durant often smiled and mocked back at him. Even when Beverly fouled him from behind with 5:00 minutes left in the game, Durant smiled and mockingly clapped at Beverley. No matter. Both players haved a technical. Nearly 19 seconds later, Beverley fumbled a pass near midcourt, prompting Durant to shove Beverley with his hips out-of-bounds. When Beverley fell to the floor, Durant hovered over and taunted him with a smile on his face.

Kerr viewed such behavior similar to what caused Draymond Green to commit six turnovers in Game 1 and accumulate his own handful of technicals in recent seasons.

“A lot of our guys, which happens a lot in the archetypal circular of the playoffs, we’re a little too amped up. You need to settle in,” Kerr said. “But I trust Kevin and Draymond for that matter in terms of number of technicals and all of that stuff. They know what they’re doing. I’m confident they’ll stay below that threshold.”

WARRIORS HQ PODCAST: Be sure to visit our podcast page at mercurynews.com. You can also get notified of new episodes on iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
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