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“Still Can’t Believe He Got This”: Kevin Durant Left Stumped by Tremendous Skills of His Own 6’11″ Teammate

Published 01/21/2023, 11:08 PM EST

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The Brooklyn Nets went on an amazing 11-game win streak last month. The team bounced back after having a rough start to the season. Although since their main star, Kevin Durant has been out due to an MCL sprain in his right knee suffered against the Miami Heat, they seem to be in huge trouble. The Nets are currently 1-4 in their last five games. They ended their 4-game losing streak after defeating the Utah Jazz yesterday. 

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In their match-up against the Jazz, a play by the Nets’ 6’11” center Nicolas Claxton went viral. Claxton put up a crucial 20 points and 6 rebounds, assisting Kyrie Irving’s 48-point game. KD’s reaction to the center’s play caught the attention of the NBA world on Twitter. 

Kevin Durant and fans react to Claxton’s play


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The 23-year-old center is having a great season, averaging 12.4 points and 8.5 rebounds, shooting an efficient 73.4% from the field. Claxton has been a great help to the Nets, both offensively and defensively. Claxton’s unbelievable block on Jazz guard Collin Sexton has got everyone talking.

Here are some of the reactions from NBA Twitter:


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Claxton switched his hand mid-air to swat the ball from Collin Sexton’s hand. Fans had high praise for this play from Claxton. Former Nets player Blake Griffin, had a similar block against the Boston Celtics, 7 years ago in the league. In addition to Claxton’s performance, Nets guard Kyrie Irving put up a match-winning 48 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists, in absence of teammate KD. The Nets guard had previously assured the fans, that they need not worry about KD’s absence and that the team can manage without him. Although they lost to the Suns and the Spurs previously, the Nets have shown they can perform well without the 12-time All-Star. 


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When will KD return? Can the Nets manage until KD is back?

The ‘Slim Reaper’ was expected to miss a month, but after evaluating his injury post their win against the Miami Heat, KD is reportedly a few weeks away from making a return. The Nets are set to face the Golden State Warriors tomorrow. With the Warriors back healthy, the Nets will likely have a tough time on the court to get past the defending champions. 

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After the Warriors, the Nets have another tough match-up against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Nets currently stand as the 4th seed, under the 2nd seed 76ers in the Eastern Conference. 

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