Bulls’ Portis believes Durant tried to injure him

Chicago Sun-Times

Bobby Portis was angry with NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant on Friday night, and 24 hours later his feelings toward the Warriors forward hadn’t subsided.

Not because of the fourth-quarter meltdown by the Bulls (10-33) in the 110-102 loss to the Jazz, but because he was unable to be a part of it.

During the blowout loss to Golden State on Friday night, Portis set a screen for Kris Dunn, and Portis felt that Durant grabbed his right arm and pulled it back on purpose, with an intent to injure. Portis said the elbow area went numb, and after he sat on the bench for a few seconds to collect himself, he verbally confronted Durant.

Coach Jim Boylen tried to squash the incident on Saturday, saying he didn’t think it was malicious. Portis had his own opinion.

“Yeah, that wasn’t inadvertent,’’ Portis said. “If I would have done that I would have got a foul call on me, defensive foul. I guess it’s just who you’re playing against. Everything is officiated different toward whoever it is, but if you look back at the video at the time, it was obvious.’’

Portis did attempt to warm up before the game and wanted to give it a go, but the training staff shut him down.

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