With the first game of the NBA Playoffs completed, it’s a little bit strange to be watching them and not seeing the familiar faces of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder. So being the conspiracy theorists that we are, there is only one absolute reason that KD and the Thunder aren’t in the playoffs and it all rides on the broad shoulders of Durant and his decision to accept to be on the cover of NBA 2K15.

Last July, game publisher 2k Games announced released the official cover of the highly anticipated basketball video game. The box art featured Durant and everything that followed that could easily be considered nightmarish. Initially due to Paul George‘s graphic injury during USA Basketball camp in the summer, KD decided to leave USA Basketball to much backlash. Shortly after, the Oklahoma City forward suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot and was scheduled to miss 6-8 weeks. While he came back earlier, he continued to have complications from the preseason foot fracture that had him ultimately shut it down for the year.

While the curse of the cover is usually associated with Madden cover athletes, one can only imagine the creepy transition to the NBA 2k franchise.