Before the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 113–93 on Friday night, Thunder forward Kevin Durant spoke about why he thinks the media is not considering his team a top playoff contender.
“Man, the [media and experts are] always trying to nitpick us,” Durant told ESPN.com’s Royce Young. “I mean, they don’t like us. They don’t like how Russell [Westbrook] talks to the media, they don’t like how I talk to the media. So obviously, yeah, they’re not going to give us the benefit of the doubt.”
The forward went on to say that he believes the Thunder face harsher criticism because the team has had the same group of players playing together for a while.
“Some of these teams are new, except for the Spurs, who have won. But we haven’t won and we've still got the same core, so they don't expect us to win” Durant said. “It is what it is, who cares about them. They don’t mean nothing, the critics. Their opinions, everybody has one, but we don’t really care about them. Every day we’re just going to keep grinding this thing out. We feel like we can compete with anybody.”
Durant, who missed seven games this season due to injuries, is averaging 26.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
The Thunder will play the Miami Heat on Sunday night.