After dropping 24 points and seven boards in nearly 41 minutes of action Tuesdays against the Mavericks, Kevin Durant said he isn’t as concerned as others are about his increased minutes on the court as of late.
“I know people might be concerned about my minutes, and I got injured before and all this extra s—, but we’ll figure it out if I get there. Right now, I want to play basketball,” Durant said via ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
Over the past five games, Kevin Durant has averaged 40.4 minutes on the court. In the Nets 102-99 comeback win over Dallas, Durant logged 40 minutes and 30 seconds, playing every minute of the second half. Alongside teammate James Harden, Durant ranks top-ten in minutes played in the League, averaging 36.2. However, the two-time Finals MVP elaborated on his innate drive to get on the court and produce.
“I might play 48 tomorrow, just ’cause. Give you something to talk about”
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Durant was itching to get back on the court after not playing since their 111-107 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday and Coach Steve Nash electing to not hold a team shoot-around. The longer he was out there, the better.
Just before setting the microphone down, Durant added, “I might play 48 tomorrow. Just ’cause. Give you something to talk about.”
Brooklyn’s most recent back-to-back concludes Wednesday against the Rockets, with Durant saying he plans on playing in Houston.