WATCH: 76ers Fans Chant KD Sucks During Game Against Nets Despite Kevin Durant Not Playing

Published 04/14/2021, 10:21 PM EDT
Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) stands next to head coach Steve Nash after exiting a game against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


The Philadelphia 76ers survived a late barrage to beat the Brooklyn Nets. It was a tough win for them, despite the Nets not having James Harden and Kevin Durant. However, the Slim Reaper’s presence on the sidelines didn’t go unnoticed.

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Late into the fourth quarter, the 76ers were barely managing to stay afloat. They couldn’t hit any field goals but held on because of a multitude of free-throw attempts from Joel Embiid.

With almost one minute left on the clock, Embiid went to the line again. Despite them winning, and Durant not even playing, the 76ers fans started chanting, “KD sucks!” out of the blue.

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Durant, who has played in none of their three encounters with the 76ers, was confused on the sidelines. Such chants are often heard when the player is on the court and has the ball. Rarely does it happen for players who are off the court.

Steve Nash rests Kevin Durant for the big clash

Entering this game, Durant was on a good streak since his return from injury. He was averaging 23.3 points per game while shooting 64% from the field and 58% from three in the three games he played in April. The last game was just yesterday, so coach Steve Nash rested Durant to avoid him playing a back to back.

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

He said, “I never really wanted him to do both. I think we’ve gotta protect him and make sure that, although he’s dying to play, we gotta make sure we protect him so that he can fully overcome this injury and feel strong going forward.”

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In his absence, the Nets fell short, but only just. Despite the 76ers having almost a fully healthy team, the Nets led by Kyrie Irving had an inspirational performance. Although they were trailing by a big margin for most of the game, in the fourth quarter, they were close to making a comeback.

They held the 76ers to 0-8 from the floor in the final eight minutes, but that was still not enough for them to come away with the win. Despite the result, coach Nash will be incredibly proud of his team for the work they put in. If they play this way without two of their best players, it might be a no-contest when they return.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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