Kevin Durant didn't feel like answering questions.
The star forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder who typically goes out of his way to be accommodating suddenly didn't really want to speak.
Following his team's 97-90 loss at Atlanta on Saturday, Durant kept all responses in his postgame interview to a minimum. The frustration heard in his tone and seen in his body language gave the impression there was something bigger in play than just disappointment with one loss in early March.
And there was.
Durant was struggling to cope with the foreign feeling of losing.
It was only the eighth loss for the Thunder in a season that is 37 games old. A side effect of all the winning has become each loss being tougher and tougher to deal with.
“It is,” Durant said. “Because we've won so many games and we've won different types of games; close games (like Atlanta). And for us to lose that one is tough.”
This is where the Thunder is now.
Just three seasons ago, eight losses was par for the course in any two weeks. Now, players are irritable with eight losses in nearly three months. And each one seems to take more of a toll.
“I'm not happy when we lose games, man,” Durant said.
When the Thunder was plodding along on a 23-win campaign in 2008-09, losses became commonplace. Oklahoma City had to endure separate losing streaks of four, five, seven, eight and 14 games.
This season, the Thunder's longest skid is a mere two games. It happened only once, and it was in the sixth and seventh game of the year.
That shows how this team has arrived at a different place.
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, however, provided the best perspective on how the team now views losses.
“It reminds me of being back in college at UCLA,” Westbrook said. “One loss feels like a big loss, especially with the way we play and the toughness we play with.”
As a reminder, while Westbrook was in Westwood, his Bruins teammates lost only 10 games in two seasons. During that time, UCLA had just one losing streak. It, too, was a mere two-game skid.
These new feelings should only foster a burning desire to keep winning. And that's a huge step in the proverbial process.
Over the past two seasons, the Thunder developed a culture conducive to winning.
Now, a winning culture is being created.
When Durant was asked after the game Saturday how it felt for the Thunder's seven-game winning streak to come to an end, a neighboring Westbrook chimed in with his own reply.
“We'll just start a new one,” Westbrook said.