‘The Impossible is Being Asked of Kevin Durant’: NBA Analyst Defends KD After Game 4 Disappointment Against Bucks

Published 06/15/2021, 2:49 AM EDT
Apr 10, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) controls the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


A 107-96 win for the Milwaukee-Bucks yesterday saw them even the series at 2 games apiece against the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets, already dealing with an injured James Harden, saw Kyrie Irving go down in the second quarter with an ankle sprain. With the game still in close contention at halftime, the team looked toward Kevin Durant to lead them to a win. But unfortunately for Nets fans, Durant’s exploits on the offensive end fell short as Brooklyn lost by 11 points.

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The Nets v/s Injuries: A playoff matchup

Injuries have run riot in Brooklyn to potentially dowse the Nets championship hopes, especially since a healthy Brooklyn juggernaut looked unstoppable. But with James dealing with a delicate hamstring and now Irving out, Kevin Durant must pull out another virtuoso performance. Head coach Steve Nash is no stranger to the role injuries play in foiling championship aspirations. When asked in the post-game presser about the road ahead, he remarked, “We’ll cross our fingers, and hope it’s better.” 

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Jun 13, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) loses the ball while shooting against Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton (24) during the second quarter during game four in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports.

It all rests on KD’s shoulders

It does not get any bigger than this! All of Brooklyn’s hopes now lie on KD being able to show up in Game 5 and serve the league with yet another example of why he is one of the best in the game. Coming off a sub-par away trip in Milwaukee averaging below 40% from the field for the first time since 2018, with PJ Tucker guarding him, KD will look to leave it all on the line.

One reason behind the Bucks win was P. J. Tucker’s stellar defense on the ‘Slim-Reaper’. His aggressive and dogged outing on the defensive end revolved around guarding Durant, which by any angle isn’t easy. Tucker held Durant to 3-12 from the field as his primary defender last night. The former also roughed up KD, with loads of contact, but the latter did not have any calls going his way.

NBA Analyst Nick Wright while giving his take on the road ahead for KD said, “Oh it’s obviously a huge deal, and now the impossible is being asked of Kevin Durant.”

While questions about Durant’s inability to get it done by himself in the biggest moments have always existed, Game 5 is a perfect opportunity to quell those tremors. Deliberating over KD’s post-season record, Nick Wright further added, “Can you win a series where your team has the same number of MVPs as the other team? It’s a tough man. It’s KD vs Giannis. It is almost an even match.”

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Is Kevin Durant prime for a grand finish?

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It wouldn’t be surprising if KD laced up for Game 5 at the Barclays to drop 50 in order to secure home-court advantage. After all, Durant is a bonafide 2-time champion, with 2 FMVPs, averaging 29.2pts/7.7reb/4ast in the post-season for his career. Given his resume, a defining stamp on this series could see him earn the title of the Best Player in the World. Despite all the injuries, he will still have veteran star Blake Griffin penciled in to play Game 5.   
Jun 7, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks center Bobby Portis (9) in the third quarter during game two in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports.

This series has been nothing short of exhilarating for both franchises. While Game 1 and 2 saw the Nets beat the brakes off the Bucks, Milwaukee responded in kind at the Fiserv Forum. With the series tied at 2-2, a hobbled Nets roster will now return home to battle it out in the pivotal Game 5 at the Barclays Center on Wednesday.

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And if momentum shifts in the playoffs are anything to go by, the winner of the game will be in the driver’s seat to make the Eastern Conference Finals.

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