Despite what it looks like on the court, PJ Tucker had nothing but good things to say about his rival Kevin Durant. There have been many instances between Tucker and Durant that showcase their competitive nature and passion. However, Tucker cleared up any assumptions of the two sharing bad blood.
“It’s the playoffs… I dream about being in the playoffs guarding the best player in the world… I’m living my dream. People see us fight, but they don’t know we talk about regular stuff too. (Durants) like, stop fighting with Blake. You’re gonna get thrown out; then we can’t play. I’m like, yeah, you right. My bad.”PJ Tucker
Over the years, fans have speculated that the two dislike each other. It is undeniable that PJ and Durant have had their fair share of viral clips over the years where the two get into it during games. PJ cleared everything up following a game-six victory over the Nets.
PJ continued telling reporters about the respect he has for Durant.
“Me and Kevin fight every year… I love guarding him. I enjoy it; he’s the best scorer I’ve ever seen in my life… That’s my brother. We compete; we fight every game we’re going to fight again game seven.”PJ Tucker
Tucker has been going after Durant on the defensive end all series long, and he has done well against Durant. He even held him to 3-for-12 shooting while being his primary defender in game-four of the series.
However, this hasn’t stopped Durant from lighting it up in the series. Throughout the series, he’s averaging 33.3 PPG, 10.8 RPG, and 5.3 APG while having a 50.3 FG% and 34.9 3PT%. Durant even had a 49 point triple-double performance in the series where he played all 48 minutes.
Reporters and fans have questioned why Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo hasn’t been defending Durant. However, the Bucks pushed the series to game-seven, where Tucker and Durant will have another opportunity to put everything on the line.
Game-Seven will air tomorrow, and there still is uncertainty whether Nets’ player Kyrie Irving will play. James Harden has also been shaky for the Nets since coming back from injury faster than expected.