It may hurt like hell right now for Kevin Durant and the rest of the Thunder but they will be back. They just ran into a team that was on a mission and on a road to redemption. ”I just wanted it so bad man, it hurts a lot. We have a great team and a great coaching staff. We will feel the pain together and we will get back in the gym and get back to this stage.” Durant said following the game 5 loss.
Durant had a fantastic playoff run, but in the end they lost to a better team right now. Durant had the task of trying to cover Lebron in the finals while trying to match his offensive output. For most of the series Durant was struggling through foul trouble, limiting his minutes on the court.
“It’s a learning experience, When we get back i will not let this moment get away from my team again.” Durant said. It’s not like the Thunder got dominated in the series, because they didn’t. One game was a blow out, otherwise the whole series was played very close.
Sports can be cruel to you and be the greatest gift of all to a competitor. It’s the will and the passion of an athlete that forces them to evolve as a player and learn from past failures and mistakes. They have always said you must learn to have your heart broken before you can become a champion.
“I hope this is the last time my heart gets broken. We were so close to knocking out Dallas last year and to finally get to the finals, I dont want to lose again.”Durant said
Don’t worry Kevin, you and your team will be back in the finals for years to come. OKC is still very young and their window is now wide open for more playoff success.