Don’t make Kevin Durant mad. You wouldn’t like him when he’s mad…
Actually, Steve Kerr hopes Celtics fans do boo Durant tonight in the Boston Garden and make him mad.
Last summer Durant met with the Celtics — along with other teams — in the Hamptons, before settling on Golden State. Some Celtics fans — not to mention Jae Crowder — had unrealistically high expectations of what was to come out of this, and they plan to let Durant know he should have gone East, not West. Durant is going to get booed. Steve Kerr is all good with that as he told NESN.com.
“I know that the Celtics were one of the teams that were right in there with KD and had a real chance,” Kerr said Friday morning during the Warriors’ shoot-around at TD Garden. “So, maybe the fans will shower him with boos and motivate him. That would be great.”
Durant, for his part, was a little annoyed to be rehashing his summer but said nothing but nice things about Boston, as you can see in the video above via CSNNE.com.
“I met with them and they were really good. I was really impressed by it. It’s hard for me to say how close each team was. I’m not going to go into that, but they were very impressive….
“Do we really want to open this back up? I mean I got much respect for everybody on that team. I know AB (Avery Bradley), I know Isaiah (Thomas), Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder came (to the meeting) and we had a nice talk. Like I said, they were very impressive. The city of Boston is one of the best cities in the league and I really respect how they approach the game, how they play the game. That was it. I’m not going to go into depth on what was said (in the meeting) but it was pretty good.”
The game itself is a matchup of the best offense in the NBA in Golden State against the middle of the pack defense of Boston (which is a lot better than where the Celtics were a week or so ago). Crowder is expected to return from his ankle injury for this game, and Al Horford is a game-time decision after missing time due to a concussion. Boston is going to need both of them to keep Durant from frustrating Celtics fans again.