NBA playoffs 2019: Kevin Durant explains how he’ll prevent Patrick Beverley from getting into his head

Kevin Durant does not want to make the same mistake again.

Durant and Clippers guard Patrick Beverley were ejected from the Warriors’ Game 1 win in the fourth quarter after a verbal confrontation. Durant apologized to his team when he met with reporters Monday.

“I don’t want to disappoint my coaches, my fanbase and owners who expect me to be out on the floor,” Durant said, via The Mercury News. “I apologize for getting thrown out of the game.

Durant said he’s focusing on not letting Beverley get into his head as the series moves forward.

“This is not about me or Patrick Beverley,” Durant said. “This is about the Clippers and the Warriors.

“Keep my mouth shut and play the game. Simple.”

Durant scored 23 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists in 32 minutes in Game 1. Coach Steve Kerr said after the win he thought Durant “took the bait.”

“That’s two technicals,” Kerr told reporters. “You get seven technicals, your seventh one is a suspension in the playoffs. Whether you play four playoff games or 24, seven is the magic number. He’s got four to play with. After one game. But that’s what Beverley does. We talked about it for the last couple days. He’s a helluva defender. He plays hard. Got a lot of respect for him.

“We already talked about it for two days. That’s one of our keys, don’t take the bait, and we took it, so you just can’t do it. But sometimes you have to feel it before you can follow through and execute on that. So, we’re going to have to be really solid.”

Durant addressed Kerr’s comments Monday.

“I don’t want coach or my teammates and the organization upset with me because of some (stuff) that I did,” Durant said. “I don’t want to get in the way of what’s going on out on the floor. That was a huge distraction. I don’t want that to be a part of the series. I just want to play. It looked like it was huge distraction.”

The Warriors and Clippers will face off Monday in Game 2 at 10:30 p.m. ET.