Kevin Durant took a brutal dig at NBA rivals after being injury-free


  • Kevin Durant appeared in 75 games for the first time in five years.
  • The Phoenix Suns forward claims that avoiding floppers has helped him stay healthy this season.

Kevin Durant hasn’t seen much playoff success since leaving the Golden State Warriors in 2019. It marked the end of one of the greatest eras in NBA history. However, before KD left the Bay Area, injuries caught up with him and he dealt with an unfortunate Achilles injury. It took him over a year to get back on the floor as he was sidelined for the 2019-20 season. And his journey with the Brooklyn Nets hasn’t been all that perfect either.

Durant made the playoffs twice but only went as far as the second round in the 2020–21 season. And the team built around him eventually crumbled due to minor injuries, Kyrie Irving mired in controversy, and James Harden simply didn’t think they were serious about winning titles. KD eventually requested a trade and joined the Phoenix Suns midway through the 2022–23 season.

Kevin Durant successfully played 75 games for the first time since 2019

Before joining the Suns, Kevin Durant injured his MCL which kept him out for nearly two months. He also missed the 2023 NBA All-Star Game because of it. However, since joining the Suns, Durant has been cautious in various situations on the floor and has remained injury-free for the most part. He has appeared in 75 games this season, the most since the 2018-19 campaign with the Warriors.

In an interview given to AZ Central, he said, “No player has flopped on my feet this year,” Durant said. “The last two years, I had my teammate flop into me and an opponent flopped me two years in a row which led to my MCL injury. If it wasn’t for that, I’d probably be out of the game the same amount, but I’m glad no one flopped into me. There were a couple of nagging injuries, but that was everyday stuff. I am grateful for that.”

Durant also claims that staying away from the flopper is the most important thing in helping him maintain his physical health. He added, “Just stay away from the crash dummies, you know. Guys who try to sell calls and don’t mind hitting pPeople are diving into the floor trying to sell calls. I know who those guys are, and I try to stay away from them.” Last season, Jimmy Butler suffered an MCL injury. Fans speculated that the comments were a possible dig at Butler as well.

Kevin Durant is grateful for his time with the Suns

Kevin Durant has been very consistent this season averaging 27.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5 a*sists per game. During his time with the Nets, Durant played under 40 in two seasons and appeared in 55 games in one season. He acknowledged that he had a healthy season by saying, “I feel hard. In Game 75 it’s hard to feel. I’m thankful that I got the chance to play the whole season and not have too many bad injuries.”

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The Suns were able to secure a win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on April 14, their last game of the season. It was an important win for the team as he helped them secure the sixth seed in the Western Conference and also clinch a playoff spot. Phoenix will face the Timberwolves again during the first round of the 2024 NBA playoffs.

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