Last night in Detroit, Kevin Durant put together a performance to remember. The Brooklyn Nets forward scored 51 points on 16/31 shooting en route to a victory. Unsurprisingly, the performance stirred up conversations across social media. Even Durant himself chimed in on the subject.
The situation started when Kylen Mills, a reporter for KRON4 News in the Bay Area, posted a cryptic quote tweet in response to a clip of Durant knocking down a jumper for his 51st point of the night.
“Notice Durant not being double or triple teamed here. Interesting decision by Detroit.”. #DubNationKylen Mills
On the surface, the tweet doesn’t seem like much. But given Mills’ ties to the Bay and her hashtag at the end of the tweet, it’s possible Mills used the clip to draw a comparison to Durant’s former teammate, Stephen Curry. #DubNation refers to Curry’s Golden State Warriors, and the point guard is notorious for attracting a heavy amount of double teams.
The possible comparison made the tweet controversial, even before it reached Durant. After the tweet received criticism from other Twitter users, Mills used another quote tweet to clarify her message.
“FYI – Never said KD wasn’t being doubled all game, just said it was interesting on this possession. After scoring 49 you’d think he wouldn’t be able to drop in the floater without at least 2 defenders in his face.”Kylen Mills
Despite the clarification, Durant responded. Aside from his skills on the hardwood, Durant’s also known to be one of the most active athletes on social media. He’s rarely afraid to give his unfiltered thoughts on things, whether it’s on his real account or an infamous burner. He proved that to be true this morning.
Durant responded to Mills by posting a meme from the popular TV show, Rugrats. The meme kept it short and sweet, reading “Hold this L.”
A complicated relationship
Since embarking from Golden State in 2019, Durant’s relationship with the Warriors and their fans has been an up-and-down one. Mills is one of a few Bay Area reporters to stir some controversy with Durant, who won two championships in Golden State.
With a 51-point masterpiece and another Twitter exchange behind him, Durant will look forward to tomorrow’s matchup against the Toronto Raptors. His Nets sit atop the eastern conference with a 19-8 record.