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“Sent Him Home”: Anthony Edwards Didn’t Hold Back On Trash Talking ‘Idol’ Kevin Durant In Wolves’ Sweep Of Suns

Published 04/29/2024, 12:58 AM EDT

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Anthony Edwards has, rather politely, disrespected Kevin Durant after the series sweep. The Minnesota Timberwolves showed no mercy to a star-studded Phoenix Suns while becoming the first team to qualify for the Conference semis. Following the game, Inside Guys crew, Kenny Smith asked AE, how he felt after defeating the Slim Reaper. The rising superstar didn’t hesitate before raining down with an intrepid reaction.

Edwards said, “It felt great. I got the utmost respect for KD… I’m excited to play with him this summer, talk a little trash, and let him know I sent him home.” He then highlighted how he was looking forward to a reunion with him for the Paris Olympics. The 22-year-old star has shared various notable moments with Kevin Durant throughout the series. But, a particular moment from Game 1 has become an instant classic.

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The aggressive Anthony Edwards contested KD near the arc and dropped a stinging three-pointer over the superstar. He didn’t leave at that. He chirped at him on his way back to the defense. KD, in response, had nothing but a simple grin on his face. Speaking of that moment, Ant-Man said, “That’s my favorite player of all time, so that was probably one of the best feelings ever in my whole life, for sure.” He also expressed his awe at the superstar’s efforts as well. He added, “He made like four or five straight buckets like it was nothing. And I became a fan at one point.” 

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Edwards didn’t just call him his favorite player for the sake of it. He, in fact, idolized him during his childhood, calling him his favorite player of all time and an ‘idol,’ when he entered the league in 2020. At the same time, Durant selflessly lauded Edwards’ game and said, “Now he’s got confidence. He’s always had confidence as a player.” Despite the trash talk and humiliation on the court, Durant seems to have developed a liking for the rising superstar’s game.

Anthony Edwards’ playoff run 

Anthony Edwards is currently playing his third playoff season in his four-season-long career. And, within this short time, he ended the franchise’s long-standing adversity. He helped the Wolves get past the first-round series for the first time since 2004. He has a playoff average of 28.9 points in his career and he has amped it up further this year.

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As of now, after the 4-game series sweep, he has averaged 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists per game with a high score of 40 points. Next up, the Wolves will most likely face the Denver Nuggets in the Conference semis. That could mostly like be the most explosive series of this season. In the regular season, both teams had four intense battles fighting for the top seed, which was eventually sealed by the OKC Thunder in the end.

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In the four games against the Nuggets, AE has averaged 26 points and 4.5 assists with a high score of 30 points. As the Nuggets already have their domination on the Lakers with a 3-1 record, this series could turn out to be a collision of two bigwigs of the league. It will either be a make-or-break situation for the 22-year-old, who is considered to be the next face of the league.

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Shahul Hameed is a Senior NBA Writer at EssentiallySports. Armed with a Master's Degree in journalism from a distinguished institute, his journey into sports writing began during his college days, and since then, Shahul has been captivated not only by the remarkable consistency of Stephen Curry but also by the enduring legacy of LeBron James. He specializes in covering the live basketball action.
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