Warriors’ Kevin Durant rues failure to set the tone early vs. Heat
Following the match, Warriors forward Kevin Durant talked about not setting the tone early and how that affected the rest of the game. Per Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Durant believes it was a main factor in the loss.
Kevin Durant: “I gotta be better setting the tone…We gotta start games with a little bit more intensity, a little bit more passion. Not passion. Just energy.” pic.twitter.com/jR4gz10S2x
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 28, 2019
Kevin Durant started by taking sole blame, saying he needs to set the tone. Then it goes to a team setting where he said the team as a whole needs more passion and intensity. What’s interesting is the revoking of the word passion, especially considering the rumors that the star will be searching for greener pastures in the offseason.
Something clearly went wrong. It is not secret that the Western Conference is much stronger than the East. The 10th place Heat (27-33) barely belong in the same gym as the first place Warriors (43-18).
It is hard to say the impending free agency of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson are impacting the effort in any way. However, if this is more than just a singular event of a team laying an egg, those rumors will start flying — especially when words like passion are thrown around.
The Warriors ended the first quarter trailing by 10 points, and were outscored in the first half by a total of 15 points. Even though Golden State can heat up in an instant, it is never good letting any team hang around, let alone have a lead. That ultimately cost them the game.