The Golden State Warriors were furious with the officials following several “mind-boggling” calls late in a 131-130 overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
Kevin Durant was asked about his foul on Minnesota big man Karl-Anthony Towns in the final second of Friday’s game.
“You’re just trying to get me fined,” Durant said. “I’m not trying to get fined.”
Then, like the rest of his teammates and his coach, Durant proceeded to criticize the officiating crew.
“Y’all seen the play,” Durant said. “I want to keep my money because thay gave me two bulls*** technicals.”
“I want to keep my money cause they gave me two bullsh*t techs… let me just stop talking about the officiating.” pic.twitter.com/ZsRa113K72
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) March 30, 2019
Following a 3-point shot from Steph Curry with 0.5 seconds left in overtime, referee Leon Wood called a foul on Durant as he defended Towns, who went up for an alley-oop pass on the ensuing play. Following the foul, Towns made the first free throw and intentionally missed the second so Golden State wouldn’t have a chance at a second shot.
The finish capped a game in which the Warriors squandered a 19-point lead, committing eight of their game-high 14 turnovers in the third quarter, before rallying to force an extra session.
“I don’t want to blame it just on that, but I mean, like I said, we deserved to play at least five more minutes of basketball,” Durant said. “I’m not going to say we would have won the game — they had momentum going into the second overtime. I’m sure you guys would agree with me when I say we should be playing five more minutes.” If you look at the play … [Bates-Diop] lost me for a quick second, and when I caught the ball, I knew they were going to foul, and I got it up quick and he had two hands on me as I was going into my shot and the [Kogut], he was the best player on the floor,” Durant said. “He’s so good with his whistle, he knew they were going to foul me before I shot the ball. So he’s one of the greatest refs of all time.”
Curry didn’t hold back either.
“Nobody wants to see a game end like that,” he added. “Crazy pass that had no chance of being caught, and a soft foul that should’ve never been called in the first place in a game like that. Guys out there fighting their ass off to play and compete and win the game by playing basketball, so that’s a tough way to go out.”
“It’s a four-point play,” coach Steve Kerr said. “I mean, I don’t what else to say. Kind of mind boggling. You catch, you go up for a shot, you get fouled. In any league, that’s a good bucket and a free throw. That’s the NBA.”
Durant also dropped this comment on an IG post.
I’m pretty sure Durant can expect to write a check to the NBA on Saturday.
And probably Curry too.
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