On Thursday night, the undefeated Oklahoma City Thunder will face off against the 3-1 Golden State Warriors in what could very well be a preview of the Western Conference Finals. If anything, as everyone already knows, it will at least be a tense, emotional battle between two rivals, with Kevin Durant at the center of it all.
And he’s the first one to admit that playing his former team will be emotional, as he told USA Today earlier this week.
“Hell yeah it will be. Yeah, it’s going to be emotional, seeing people on the sideline that I haven’t seen in a while. Yeah, it’s definitely going to be emotional, but I’ve got a job to do. I’ve got to go out there and be me in between the lines. I’d be a fraud if I go out there and say, ‘No, it’s not going to mean nothing. It’s just another game.’ It’s not. It’s not another game.”
When Durant jumped ship from the Thunder to join the Warriors, after they blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, the most dynamic narrative was set for a league that thrives on storytelling. It doesn’t matter who the Thunder or Warriors are playing, as reporters will always ask Durant about his former BFF Russell Westbrook, and they’ll certainly ask Westbrook how he feels about being dumped for the much sexier team. The difference between the two stars right now, though, is that Durant openly talks about Westbrook …