There are numerous sayings within the sports activities world about how a single participant is not accountable for a whole workforce’s success, however Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant actually appears like he’s accountable for his workforce falling from the highest of the Jap Convention to narrowly securing a spot within the play-in match.
“To be sincere, I really feel like our season was derailed by my harm,” Durant mentioned after Monday’s apply, through ESPN. “So I am not it like we’re simply not a very good basketball workforce. It is like there wasn’t a variety of continuity with me and Kyrie [Irving] out of the lineup, that is simply what it’s. After we’re all on the ground collectively I like what we acquired.”
The MCL harm Durant sustained in mid-January wasn’t the one little bit of adversity the Nets have handled this season. Along with quite a few accidents, they have been one of many groups hit hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak in December that postponed a number of video games — to not point out being with out Kyrie Irving for a very good chunk of the season as a result of he was not vaccinated.
It could possibly’t be ignored, nonetheless, how badly Brooklyn struggled with out Durant within the lineup. Within the month-plus that he missed, the Nets went 5-17, together with an abysmal 11-game dropping streak. Even with Durant dominant in his return and the workforce having Irving within the combine full time, there is not any denying that lengthy stretch with out the towering ahead on the ground harm them within the standings.
Even with the workforce’s playoff future unsure with the play-in on the horizon, Durant insists the Nets aren’t wanting on the standings to see which workforce they might play.
“Whoever we play, we play,” Durant mentioned. “I do not care who we play. I do not care that we’re within the play-in. Simply tip the ball up, [and] see what occurs. That is all you may management. It is too nerve-racking fascinated about we’re making an attempt to dodge a workforce, lining up, simply play the sport. We’ll see what occurs.”