After watching the Nets fall to a 3-0 gap with a 109-103 defeat to the Celtics on Saturday, Perkins didn’t maintain again his ideas and highlighted how Boston has taken the soul of Brooklyn. The former NBA huge man, who as soon as performed alongside Durant throughout their time with the Oklahoma City Thunder, additionally emphasised how his former teammate has mainly “quit” combating as his struggles proceed.
“The Celtics have snatched the Nets’ soul. They’re punking them, they’re punking KD–they done made Kevin Durant quit. He had no interest whatsoever in playing this game. He was not engaged,” Perkins mentioned of Durant.
Kendrick Perkins didn’t finish his criticisms there. He went on to spotlight the latest talks about Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving being the “most skilled” duo within the historical past of the NBA solely to fail to indicate that urgency and need to win in any respect.
“Think about this for a second: some people were saying that KD and Kyrie were the most skilled duo of all time. And what did we just witness? We witnessed the Boston Celtics make both of those guys quit!”
To be truthful, there’s loads going incorrect for the Nets. The Celtics have performed job limiting Durant’s touches on offense and making life exhausting for him when he has the ball. The Nets ahead solely had 11 makes an attempt in 45 minutes of motion in Game 3.
Some might say that Steve Nash’s game-planning is suspect, however ultimately, it’s value noting that the identical staff virtually made it to the East Finals final season had KD’s sneakers been one inch shorter.
There are talks about Durant and Irving being drained, and that might very effectively be the case. To Kendrick Perkins’ level, although, the Nets appear to be missing that killer intuition and spirit to get going when instances are powerful.
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