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Kevin Durant has latest technical foul rescinded, remains two away from automatic suspension

Mar 23, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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In addition to pouring in 51 points and hitting the game-winner in Friday’s double-overtime win over the Raptors, Kevin Durant picked up his 15th technical foul of the season, which tied him for the league lead with DeMarcus Cousins.

It was flimsy from the very start, as noted by Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman immediately afterward:

Also in the first half: KD’s 15th technical foul. It came with 27.3 seconds remaining in the half. It was bogus. Referee David Jones ruled that KD pushed Tyler Hansbrough. While technically true, it was the most harmless, “Let me go” push you’ll ever see. I’d be surprised if it’s not rescinded.

Trust your local beat writer, folks.

The technical was indeed rescinded, as Mayberry reported on Sunday.

Durant received another very questionable technical a few days back, after taking a few steps toward Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao in a small show of emotion following a put-back slam.

If he gets two more over the final 13 games of the season, it’ll mean an automatic one-game suspension, which on the surface seems hard to understand given Durant’s normally pleasant demeanor. But with the second highest usage rate in the league behind only his teammate Russell Westbrook, Durant has the ball in his hands more than anyone else, and is therefore the recipient of more contact from defenders that the referees let go without a whistle.

It’s something he needs to get in check, but the regular season numbers won’t hurt him in the playoffs; the count is reset once the postseason begins.

  1. timcast12 - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Best player in the game today

  2. misterdreamer119 - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Thunders va Clippers WCFs.

  3. void96eater - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Pointless turn of events these past 2 days. KD never deserved that tech.

  4. 13arod - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    kd sucks and is tech city

    • adamsjohn714 - Mar 23, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      1 for 2.

    • byufan66 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      U ideeut

  5. 13arod - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    kd sucks and is tech city

  6. csiegert4 - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    These “small shows of emotion” are actually quite large. After scoring, staring down the crowd while taking a few steps towards them with 2-3 steps for a few seconds is quite a large statement. It’s also quite annoying. It’s so immature and ridiculous. He’s the best player in the game, just score, shut the heck up, and move on.

    • byufan66 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      R u friggin kiddin me it’s 2 steps and he never sed nothin. They been up in his face all game u kant expect him 2 do nothin

  7. saint1997 - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    Does this apply in the playoffs? Say 2 technicals mid game 6? Would he miss game 7?

    • adamsjohn714 - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      I believe they go back to 0 at the end of the regular season.

  8. basedrum777 - Mar 24, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    I think the arbitrary rule is well arbitrary. They’d be better putting some level of scrutiny to it b/c his T’s aren’t like Rodman t’s. Or Rasheed Wallace T’s. .

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