Kevin Durant hampered by Celtics’ physical defense

« We lost… I lost the most balls. Six missing balloons… “, figure Kevin Durant looking at the final stat line. ” That helps (the Celtics), that helps… », regret nets player after letting out a big sigh and shaking his head. In fact, he is the player who has lost the most balls in this first round against the Celtics.

Before converting his first shot, the Nets winger first ran into a two-man shot from Jayson Tatum and Al Horford in a corner. Then it was Daniel Theis who punctured his leather as he was about to plant his props in the heart of the racket. A few seconds later, Grant Williams “countered” him as he was about to lift the ball to fire his shot at the post.

« They were very physical, they put their hands on him a lot and they sure covered up spaces », remark steve nashwho says they want to take the time to analyze the images, without overreact “, to help his player react in the second game.

As the New York coach says, it is difficult not to notice the physical dimension that the greens impose. Aside from some good transition 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, the winger had to struggle to allow quality shots. Countered by Jayson Tatum in a jumper, which is extremely rare, he was also parried by Jaylen Brown from behind as he rode the circle in front of Daniel Theis.

slow down your game

« They were good at forcing me away from the circle, helping out on the racket.”KD comments on the systematic help offered by Marcus Smart and the others. “I have to get back to my fundamentals in my movements. I feel like I’ve been in and out on certain shots. I played fast and lost the ball. I just have to slow down and play my game. »

While Kyrie Irving caught fire in the fourth quarter, Kevin Durant trailed behind, scoring 23 points on a wimpy 9/24 shooting, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 6 turnovers as a result. However, he took advantage of this game to overtake Jerry West for eighth place among the most prolific scorers in the playoffs (4,477 points).

After the game, a reporter pointed out to him that despite their small outing, the Nets ultimately only lost when the horn blew. “ We can look at it that way, but I’m looking at what we can collectively correct to respond to the next game. “, rebounds the superstar, pointing out the challenge of the rebound, where his team suffered, and the “50/50 balls”.

Beyond the collective response of the Nets, their individual reaction will be awaited for Game 2.” Kevin is Kevin Durant for a reason “Warn Steve Nash to finish.

Kevin Durant Percentage bounces
Season Team MJ minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Until P.S. source in you bp Connecticut points
2007-08 SEA 80 35 43.0 28.8 87.3 0.9 3.5 4.4 2.4 1.5 1.0 2.9 0.9 20.3
2008-09 OK C 74 39 47.6 42.2 86.3 1.0 5.5 6.5 2.8 1.8 1.3 3.0 0.7 25.3
2009-10 OK C 82 40 47.6 36.5 90.0 1.3 6.3 7.6 2.8 2.1 1.4 3.3 1.0 30.2
2010-11 OK C 78 39 46.2 35.0 88.0 0.7 6.1 6.8 2.7 2.0 1.1 2.8 1.0 27.7
2011-12 OK C 66 39 49.6 38.7 86.0 0.6 7.4 8.0 3.5 2.0 1.3 3.8 1.2 28.0
2012-13 OK C 81 39 51.0 41.6 90.5 0.6 7.3 7.9 4.6 1.8 1.4 3.5 1.3 28.2
2013-14 OK C 81 39 50.3 39.1 87.3 0.7 6.7 7.4 5.5 2.2 1.3 3.5 0.7 32.0
2014-15 OK C 27 3. 4 51.0 40.3 85.4 0.6 6.0 6.6 4.1 1.5 0.9 2.7 0.9 25.4
2015-16 OK C 72 36 50.5 38.8 89.8 0.6 7.6 8.2 5.0 1.9 1.0 3.5 1.2 28.2
2016-17 SAINT 62 33 53.7 37.5 87.5 0.6 7.7 8.3 4.8 1.9 1.1 2.2 1.6 25.1
2017-18 SAINT 68 3. 4 51.6 41.9 88.9 0.5 6.4 6.8 5.4 2.0 0.7 3.0 1.8 26.4
2018-19 SAINT 78 35 52.1 35.3 88.5 0.4 6.0 6.4 5.9 2.0 0.7 2.9 1.1 26.0
2020-21 BRAKE 35 33 53.7 45.0 88.2 0.4 6.7 7.1 5.6 2.0 0.7 3.4 1.3 26.9
2021-22 BRAKE 55 37 51.8 38.3 91.0 0.5 6.9 7.4 6.4 2.1 0.9 3.5 1.0 29.9
Total 939 37 49.6 38.4 88.4 0.7 6.4 7.1 4.3 1.9 1.1 3.2 1.1 27.2

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