Twenty-four hours after picking up his 14th technical foul of the season at Cleveland, forward Kevin Durant was whistled for his 15th at Toronto on Friday night.
The Thunder star is now just one technical foul away from receiving an automatic one-game suspension.
Durant was called for Friday’s technical foul with 27.3 seconds remaining in the second quarter, when referee David Jones ruled that Durant pushed Raptors forward Tyler Hansbrough. Video replay, however, shows only a light shove by Durant as he tries to separate himself after the two got tangled while jockeying for position on a potential rebound.
On Thursday, Durant was hit with a technical with 16.9 seconds remaining in the first quarter when he stared down a Cavs player following a dunk. The action perhaps fell under the league’s taunting restrictions. But while Durant said he needs to be more careful the rest of the season, he also plans on appealing Thursday’s technical.
“I’m going to try to get that tech rescinded,” Durant said of Thursday’s tech. “I was just reacting to the play that I made and (the ref) T’d me up. So hopefully we get that thing rescinded. But I just got to be more cautious.”
Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Durant needs to keep his emotions in check better when things are beyond his control.
“He has to make sure we take care of that,” Brooks said. “That’s part of the game. Emotions are part of the game. But I think he’s well-aware of it. We have to make sure that he just stays within the game and not let the things that he can’t control affect him. But he’s done a good job all year. It’s a couple lately that he has to make sure that he holds himself back.”