For the second time this season, Thunder forward Kevin Durant said he needs to watch his mouth and cool it on the technical fouls.
“I just got to shut up,” Durant said after picking up his ninth this season Monday night. “I'm racking ‘em up, man. Sometimes I get too excited and voice my opinion when I shouldn't. I just got to shut up and play the game.”
Durant is now tied for the league's lead in technical fouls. He's joined by Carmelo Anthony, Matt Barnes, Kobe Bryant, DeMarcus Cousins and Blake Griffin.
It's unclear what Durant said or did to receive Monday's technical. Immediately after the official called it, Durant pleaded his case to no avail. Depending on what he said, and to whom he actually said it, there is a possibility Durant gets the technical foul rescinded by the league office, although he hasn't had one rescinded all season.
After the game, Durant took responsibility for his actions but did not provide details into what exactly he said.
“I shouldn't have got a tech,” Durant said. “I just went up and talked to him and he got me one. But that goes back to the ones I've gotten before. I guess they watch and they're looking for them now. I just got to shut up and play my game and just fight through it.”
Under league rules, players will receive a one-game suspension when they accumulate 16 technical fouls in the regular season. An additional one-game suspension is then levied with each two additional technical fouls. The count resets once the playoff starts, and players will then receive a one-game suspension upon reaching seven technical fouls and another one-game suspension for each two additional technicals.
The Thunder recorded back-to-back games of double digit steals in the previous two contests and is averaging 8.9 steals in its past 10 games.