​The NBA Playoffs are just around the corner, and teams who've already clinched a berth are preparing to rest their star players. ​The Golden State Warriors have long locked in their spot in the postseason, and you'd expect the likes of Stephen Curry and DeMarcus Cousins to earn some rest days.


Don't tell ​Kevin Durant that.


When asked about load management in the NBA, Durant delivered a blunt answer, saying that his only job is to play basketball, and he has no interest in sitting on the bench in any of the final regular season games.

​​While Durant's comments about load management are cool and all, let's look at the landscape of the NBA. 


In the past few seasons, the Warriors have had a rather easy path to the playoffs, having clinched the top spot in the Western Conference rather early. This year, the West is much more difficult, and the Warriors only have a one-game lead over the Denver Nuggets for the No. 1 seed.

With six games remaining on the schedule, Durant wants to ensure that Golden State returns to familiar territory with a chance to make their fifth consecutive NBA Final. And that starts by beating the aforementioned Nuggets on Tuesday night.