The Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving era for the Brooklyn Nets is not off to a great start. Not only is the team 3-4 and currently on a two-game losing streak, but shooting guard Spencer Dinwiddie partially tore his right ACL against the Charlotte Hornets and will likely miss the entire 2020-21 season.
Irving, one of the most polarizing players in the NBA, had a controversial quote during the offseason. The All-Star said Durant is the first teammate he’s had who can hit clutch shots. Since the Nets star played with LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers for three seasons, everyone assumed Irving was taking a shot at The King.
On Sunday against the Washington Wizards, Kyrie Irving’s clutch shots comment about Kevin Durant backfired on him. Meanwhile, LeBron James and the LA Lakers continue to have success in the Western Conference.
The Nets lost to the Wizards, 123-122
The Wizards entered the Nets game with only one win on the season. However, Washington went into Brooklyn and defeated Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving by a final score of 123-122.
Russell Westbrook put up 24 points, five rebounds, and 10 assists in the win, while Bradley Beal finished with 27 points, 10 boards, and five dimes. It was the Wizards’ first win of the season with Westbrook in the lineup.
The Nets were led in scoring by Irving, who poured in 30 points in 39 minutes. Durant scored 28 and also had 11 rebounds and seven assists. However, small forward Caris LeVert struggled, as he only had six points in 25 minutes. Without Spencer Dinwiddie, the Nets need LeVert to be the team’s third option on offense behind Durant and Irving.
Sunday was a brutal loss for the Nets since they are a much better team than the Wizards. The defeat was magnified even more, though, after what Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving failed to do on the game’s last possession.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving come up short for the Nets in the clutch
Kyrie Irving said Kevin Durant is the first teammate he’s had in the NBA who can hit clutch shots in the fourth quarter, seemingly taking a jab at LeBron James. The Lakers superstar admitted he was “hurt” by Irving’s comments since all he wanted was the best for Uncle Drew in Cleveland.
Against the Wizards on Sunday, Irving and Durant missed potential game-winning shots on the Nets’ final possession, bringing Kyrie’s quote from the offseason back to the forefront. While it’s only one game, neither Durant nor Irving could come through for the Nets in the clutch. It also came on the same day that James and the Lakers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, with LeBron putting up 22 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists.
After losing to the Wizards, the Nets are now in ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 3-4 record. Meanwhile, the Lakers are 5-2 and in third place in the West. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are putting up stellar individual numbers to begin the season, but they aren’t leading the Nets to wins as LeBron James and Anthony Davis are doing for the Lakers.
KD and Kyrie know it’s a long season
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have been in the NBA for too long to hang their heads after one loss. The Nets are back in action on Tuesday against the Utah Jazz and will be motivated to get back in the win column after losing two games in a row.
Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks, though, may have to make a trade after losing Spencer Dinwiddie. The Nets need another reliable half-court scoring threat next to Durant and Irving. While Caris LeVert has the potential to be that guy down the line, right now, he’s struggling in that role.