Kevin Durant Reacts to Suns’ Humiliating NBA Playoff Exit

Kevin Durant Reacts to Suns’ Humiliating NBA Playoff Exit

Edwin Kiplagat
May 12, 2023 at 12:39 PM
  • The Phoenix Suns have embarrassingly been knocked out of the playoffs for a second straight season
  • They trailed the Denver Nuggets by a massive 30 points at halftime in Game 6 at their home arena
  • Kevin Durant and Devin Booker were poor while Nikola Jokic scored a triple-double for the Nuggets

For the second successive season, the Phoenix Suns exited the playoffs in a humiliating fashion.

This time, the Denver Nuggets inflicted a painful 125-100 defeat in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals. Kevin Durant didn't like the way their season ended.

Kevin Durant, Jamal Murray, Nikola Jokic, NBA, Nuggets Suns, Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton
The Phoenix Suns need to make some changes. Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE.
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The Suns suffered a similar fate last season, when the Luka Doncic-led Dallas Mavericks eliminated them in the second round. Interestingly, the margin at halftime in both games was 30 points, per CBS Sports.

Durant and Devin Booker were poor. The guard, who was having a historic postseason, scored only 12 points on a 4-of-13 shooting. He left the arena without speaking to the media, having averaged 33.7 points per game in 11 playoff games.

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Meanwhile, Durant finished with 23 points on a 8-of-19 shooting. He averaged 29.5 points per game, but shot only 45.3% from the field and a dismal 22.2% from deep.

Cameron Payne led the Suns' scoring, with 31 points for Phoenix, hitting 7 of 9 3-pointers

Durant on Suns' playoff exit

The two-time NBA champion did not hide his disappointment in the postgame interview.

"It sucked. It was a bad feeling. Embarrassing," Durant said, via ESPN.

The Suns were tipped to go all the way to the final, after adding the superstar before the trade deadline.

The former Golden State Warriors star understands they will need to make major changes to their team before taking another stab next season.

"We just got to be better next year," Durant said. "It's hard right now to see what the future will hold for our team, but we got a good foundation, good infrastructure. We can build on and move on from this and learn from it and get better from it. I'm sure as the summer and offseason starts, we'll figure that out a little bit more."

Denver Nuggets star, Nikola Jokic finished with 32 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds, his fourth triple-double in 11 playoff games. Jamal Murray added 26 points, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 21 points.

Durant lauds Jokic after 50-pointer

Sports Brief also reported on Durant showering Jokic with praise after he scored 53 points in Game 4 despite a loss to the Suns.

Jokic is a two-time MVP and is regarded as one of the best players in the world, with the Phoenix man admitting he hates when he makes shots.

"I felt like all those shots were easy shots. He plays the game at the pace - you can't speed him up, fluster him; he's strong, he can make every shot.... I hate when he makes shots. He's so unorthodox... He's incredible."
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