Kevin Durant Implies Brooklyn Nets Didn’t Take Clippers Game Seriously: “We Came in Too Chill”

Published 01/02/2022, 7:00 AM EST
Oct 11, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts after being called for a technical foul by referee Ed Malloy (14) during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


Brooklyn Nets lost their 11th game of the season against the Clippers in a tightly fought contest at the Barclays Center. Kevin Durant and James Harden led the scoring charts in the game, but it wasn’t enough to stop a Clippers comeback in the final quarter. Los Angeles Clippers were behind every quarter except for the last, when they came back from seven points behind to win by 4 points.

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This was the Nets’ 2nd straight loss, and it has left the players and the staff frustrated. Durant scored 28 points and recorded 9 rebounds and 3 assists vs the Clippers.

Feb 2, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Los Angeles Clippers small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket past Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) and point guard Kyrie Irving (11) and shooting guard James Harden (13) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

James Harden scored a game-high 34 points and completed a triple-double with 12 rebounds and 13 assists. However, it wasn’t enough as the Nets squandered a seven-point lead in the final quarter. Nets star Durant was visibly frustrated after the game as the Nets dropped their 2nd straight game. During the post-game interview, he admitted that the Nets were ‘too chill’.

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Kevin Durant admits the Nets were ‘too chill’ vs. the Clippers

Kevin Durant appeared for the post-game interview and looked frustrated. During the interview, he was asked about the Nets’ attitude during the game. To this, Durant replied that the Nets were relaxed and were ‘too chill’.

“It’s natural when a team is missing so many players,” Durant said.

“They’re going through so much over there. (We) relaxed. You don’t think you could lose an NBA game like this. They’re missing how many guys? They’re playing guys that are up from the G League. Xavier Moon came in and hit some shots for them. Keon Johnson, James Ennis… .. they all made an impact I felt on the game, and I think we came in too chill to start.”

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Indeed, the Nets took the Clippers lightly and were caught by surprise in the final quarter. The Clippers ended the fourth quarter 40-29 and registered their 19th win of the season. Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe had a major impact on the game with 27 points.

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The Nets are now 2nd on the Eastern Conference table with .676 winning%. They now face the Grizzlies, who themselves are on a four-game winning streak, at home.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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