At the start of the year, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant was likely envisioning an easier path to the NBA playoffs than the one his team is currently trying to forge.
The Nets are currently 43-38 and are seventh in the Eastern Conference. They’re only one game ahead of 10and place the Charlotte Hornets in the standings.
Most likely, Brooklyn will make it to the playoffs. And once there, who knows what will happen.
But no one thought it would be so difficult.
Earlier in the week, Durant addressed the major issue he believes has derailed the Nets’ season. On Friday, he tackled another tough question: how much is head coach Steve Nash responsible for the team’s woes in 2022?
“I think he’s done a great job. The last 2 years he’s been given a wild hand. Injuries, trades, unhappy players, guys in and out of lineup, things he can’t control and I got the impression that he took care of it as best he could.
-Kevin Durant with a ringing endorsement for Steve Nash pic.twitter.com/jG4Rr1fuXz
— DaveEarly (@DavidEarly) April 9, 2022
“I think he did a great job,” Durant said. “The last 2 years he’s been dealt a wild hand. Injuries, trades, unhappy players, guys in and out of lineup, things he can’t control and I felt like he took care of it as best he could.
It’s a bit of an open secret at this point that former Net James Harden clashed with Nash pretty hardcore. In that regard, it’s probably comforting for Nash to hear that Durant has his back.
The next few weeks promise to be interesting.
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The Nets will almost certainly make the playoffs. They are too talented not to.
But what will they do once there?
Time will tell us.
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