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Rihanna Heckles Kevin Durant During NBA Finals Game: Cue Memes, Reactions

The ‘Work’ singer bowed to LeBron James, shushed Cavaliers fans, and had a stare-down with Durant during Thursday’s game

Rihanna Heckles Kevin Durant During NBA Finals Game, Cue Memes, ReactionsRihanna Heckles Kevin Durant During NBA Finals Game, Cue Memes, Reactions

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She might not have been playing on the court, but Rihanna definitely had her head in the game at the Warriors/Cavaliers game on Thursday, June 1. The fiery pop star stole the show on night one of the NBA finals, rooting on the Cleveland Cavaliers and throwing plenty of shade toward the Golden State Warriors — particularly small forward Kevin Durant.

Rihanna set the tone for the night when she arrived at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, in an oversized black throw, causing even ESPN commentator Jeff Van Gundy to take his eyes off the heated basketball battle at hand.

“I don’t know about this, but Rihanna just walked in front of me. Are you kidding me?” he said just as LeBron dunked over JaVale McGee in the first quarter, a comment not lost on sports fans, who called Van Gundy out on Twitter.

But it was Rihanna’s apparent beef with Durant that really caught viewers’ attention. The “Pour It Up” singer, a LeBron superfan, stood up to bow when the star athlete trotted her way across the court, signaling boos from Warriors fans behind her. The songstress didn’t bother to boo back at the annoyed fans, however; in perfect RiRi fashion, she simply acknowledged their boos with a dab and a dismissive wave in their direction.

Later in the game, Rihanna was heard yelling “Brick” as Durant was about to attempt several free throws, but the NBA star was having none of it, and hit both foul shots, shooting daggers at Rihanna afterward.

Durant didn’t let the taunts go so easily, either. During the fourth quarter, Steph Curry passed the ball to Durant, who hit a glorious three-pointer while positioned just in front of the singer. He turned to give Rihanna the coldest stare-down as he jogged away backwards. He may have even been shaking his head.

Fans across the aisle took to Twitter to pay tribute to the savage exchange:

After the game, in which the Warriors handily defeated the Cavaliers 113-91, reporters tried to ask Durant about the evident bad blood between himself and the Rihanna. The athlete balked, and Curry reminded him, “Don’t get into that trap,” as Durant looked down and reassured the reporter (and himself) that he wouldn’t.

Rihanna, for her part, seemed to take the team’s loss in stride. As she left the stadium, she was heard proclaiming, “It doesn’t matter, bitch. The king is still the king.”


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