DALLAS (AP) — Kevin Durant suddenly, and reluctantly, found himself at the center of a conversation over whether Oklahoma City’s rough-and-tumble series with Dallas was out of control.
LeBron James steadfastly believes he won’t have the same problem, even though the Cleveland star was called out twice by Detroit early in a first-round matchup of division rivals that don’t really like each other.
“It’s just not who I am,” James said before the Cavaliers closed out a sweep with a 100-98 win on Sunday night. “It’s not the makeup of my game to lose focus on anything. I know what the main thing is, what the main objective is to this game, so it’s not hard at all.”
Durant probably thought the same thing before Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle accused him of a dirty play, and the NBA apparently agreed by giving the mild-mannered forward a technical a day after he elbowed Dallas rookie Salah Mejri in Game 3.
Then the seven-time All-Star was ejected for the first time in his playoff career over a flagrant foul that he said was inadvertent in Game 4 on Saturday night.
And he had to answer questions about swipes to the…