Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets have garnered plenty of hype this season and for much reason. Durant’s resurgent campaign, coupled with being paired alongside Kyrie Irving and James Harden, has created plenty of excitement each time the trio takes the floor. However, the Nets have continued to struggle as of late, leading the former league MVP to send a stern message to the team’s worried fan base.
Kevin Durant continues bounce-back campaign
Any of the doubt surrounding Kevin Durant heading into the 2020-21 season has quickly been erased.
Durant has picked up where he left off, showcasing that he’s still among the league’s best players. The 32-year-old has shown no signs that he’s coming off a torn Achilles injury as he’s quickly thrust himself into the MVP conversation this season.
Durant has been the driving offensive force in Brooklyn as he’s averaging 29.5 points on 52.9% shooting from the floor and 44.9% from 3-point range along with 7.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.4 blocks. His availability has recently come into question due to COVID-19 concerns, but that shouldn’t overlook his stellar play in his comeback campaign.
However, some lingering concerns remain regarding the Nets’ outlook this year as they continue to struggle to find their footing. All that has guided the former league MVP to send a clear-cut message to fans worried about the team moving forward.
Kevin Durant delivers simple 4-word message to put Nets fans at ease
The Brooklyn Nets put an increased spotlight on themselves this season after making the blockbuster trade to acquire James Harden.
Since the trade, the Nets have struggled to play with any consistency, especially on the defensive end of the floor. Before grabbing a home win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, Brooklyn lost three games in a row, including four out of their previous five contests.
The latest shortcomings have stirred up some concerns from the Nets fan base, leading Durant to provide a strong message on Instagram to those doubters.
“S*** gonna be aight,” Durant said.
Durant clearly has no concerns with the Nets’ ability to turn things around through their recently formed big three. Since Harden’s arrival, he has provided the franchise another elite scoring talent that has worked alongside Durant and Kyrie Irving.
It has just been the team’s difficulties finding their footing as a unit.
The Nets possess glaring areas to improve defensively, but there remains no lack of confidence from Durant.
Plenty of time to figure it out
Through the first 27 games, the Kevin Durand and the Nets are hovering a little over the .500 mark, putting them in third place in the conference standings.
The Nets are amid an adjustment period with their big three working to find sustained balance offensively. There isn’t any concern on that end of the floor, but rather, it lies almost entirely on the team’s subpar performance defensively.
Brooklyn currently ranks third-worst, giving up 117.5 points per contest. Since Harden joined the Nets, those defensive issues have worsened as they have allowed 12 opponents to score at least 110 points over the last 14 games. They have given up more than 120 points 10 times during that span, a list that includes the Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers (twice), and Washington Wizards.
Before the Nets topped the Pacers on Wednesday, they allowed at least 120 points in seven straight contests. Brooklyn has excelled as a potent offense behind their big three, but there are glaring needs for improvement defensively.
They can certainly hang their hats on holding an 8-1 record against teams with a .500 or better record this year. The Nets are also 5-1 mark vs. teams in the top-four teams in each conference’s standings. However, that doesn’t entirely overshadow their defensive woes.
Brooklyn has the benefit of having time on their side with just over half the season left. It will provide them a chance to build more on-court chemistry while adding frontcourt depth potentially through the buyout market. Time will tell if they can bring the needed improvement defensively necessary to contend for an NBA title.