Kevin Durant ’embarrassed’ by Phoenix Suns’ playoff defeat to Denver Nuggets | NBA News

Kevin Durant labeled the Phoenix Suns’ playoff exit as “embarrassing” after they suffered both a comprehensive and decisive loss to the Denver Nuggets in Game 6 of their Western Conference semi-final series.

Nikola Jokic starred with a 32-point triple-double to send Denver to the conference finals for the first time since 2020, blowing out the Suns 125-100 on Thursday night.

This marked another premature exit for Phoenix in what some have deemed a championship window for the team, after losing to the Dallas Mavericks at the same stage of the playoffs and Milwaukee in the NBA Finals. Two seasons after the loss to the Bucks.

“It sucked. It was a bad feeling. It was embarrassing,” Durant said after the game. “They came out and hit us in the mouth. We couldn’t recover. You have to give them credit for being a disciplined team.”

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The Suns’ championship aspirations were further boosted earlier this season when Durant arrived via a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, uniting him with Devin Booker and Chris Paul.

He now turns his attention to next season as he continues his quest for a third championship ring, his last two wins coming during his time with the Golden State Warriors.

He said, “I just try to control what I can do, which is, you know, working extremely hard and putting a lot of preparation into the game and my skills and then being there for the organization at any given time.” To be wherever they need me.” ,

“Just making sure my phone is open and, you know, there’s communication. So I’m sure we’ll check in with each other throughout the summer. But I think my job is to continue to get better and be a Keep finding ways to get better as a player.”

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Suns head coach Montee Williams was to blame for his team’s performance, which generated boos from the home Phoenix crowd in light of a 30-point half-time deficit.

The Suns did not start in Paul and Deandre Ayton due to injury.

“81 points in the first half was debilitating, just watching him score like that and run on the floor getting easy buckets. It falls on my shoulders – we’re ready to play at the highest level in the biggest game of the year.” No. Bottom line,” Williams said.

“The next 24 hours will be whatever you can imagine. You are not feeling so well. I take it personally, our team is not ready to play in the biggest game of the year. It is something that But I’m proud of myself and it didn’t just happen tonight. So it’s something I have to take a deep look at in whatever I’m doing to allow me to be successful these days.”

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