Kevin Durant On Missing Out On History With The Warriors: “I Think About That Often”

Published 01/12/2022, 11:13 PM EST
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 03: Kevin Durant of USA is seen during a basketball match between USA and Spain at Saitama Super Arena on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan on August 03, 2021. (Photo by Elif Ozturk Ozgoncu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)


The Golden State Warriors is one of the most dominating stretches of basketball to grace the NBA. Their team had stars all around. Likewise, they succeeded in winning back to back championships with Kevin Durant as the spearhead of the team. Hence, in 2019, everyone expected them to three-peat. However, things did not pan out in their favor.

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Just like the previous 4 seasons, the Warriors were back to the NBA finals. However, this time, their opponents were the Toronto Raptors. Even though outmatched when it came to talent, the Raptors had the desire to win. For the first game, the Warriors took a surprise loss with Kevin out rehabbing his calf injury. Durant did not return until Game 5 of the finals.

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 21: Stephen Curry (30) of the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant (35) question a call to a referee during the first half agains the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, October 21, 2018. The Denver Nuggets hosted the Golden State Warriors at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

While his return had all the hype, it did not end well as he got went off the floor with an ACL injury. On his podcast, Durant revealed that he still thinks about that moment.

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Kevin Durant still thinks about 2019 NBA finals

While on his podcast, the question of the Warriors being close to history came up. The Bay was one finals win away from being the first team since Kobe’s Lakers to achieve a three-peat. But injuries ran through the series and they couldn’t pull through. Durant revealed how he still thinks about the series in 2019.

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Durant said: “Like you said, this close with a few injuries getting in the way, like yeah I think about it often. Because that would’ve definitely set us on a different level. Each one of us individually as well.”

Not only was Durant out for the first four games, but along the way they also had Klay miss out in game 3. Despite all this, the Warriors kept the fight alive. They were down 3-1 when Durant made his return. But after playing for just 12 minutes, he went off the floor. Despite that, the Warriors managed to win that game. But the next game, they lost Klay, and that proved fatal.

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Without injuries, the story of the series could have been way different. However, no one will ever know what the outcome would be. The Warriors lost the series in six games and that was the last time KD ever put on a Warriors jersey. Do you think Kevin Durant would have been able to guide the Warriors being down 3-1? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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