Kevin Durant admits he ‘thinks too much’ with the Nets on the verge of being swept by the Celtics

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Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant was again strangled by the Boston Celtics defense on Saturday night.

The Nets now face elimination in the NBA playoffs after a 109-103 loss brought the team into a 3-0 hole. Critics have blamed Brooklyn’s fight on coaching and Durant, who is up against one of the NBA’s best defenses and shoots only 36.5% from the floor during the series.

The four-time NBA top scorer, who averaged 29.9 points this season, took just 11 shots in Game 3 and scored 16 points with eight rebounds and eight assists.

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Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets vs. the Boston Celtics during Game 3 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 23, 2022 in New York.

Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets vs. the Boston Celtics during Game 3 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 23, 2022 in New York.
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“I was just thinking too much, to be honest, this whole series,” Durant said after the fight via ESPN. “Like how I approach the game. We have another game to play – another opportunity – and I look forward to that.”

Durant was 13 for 41 (31.7%) in the two games in Boston with 12 turnovers, and the Nets were hoping he could regain form at home. But the Celtics got center Robert Williams back from injury, making their stingy defense even stronger in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Nets striker Kevin Durant (7) shoots Boston Celtics striker Grant Williams (12) in the second half of Game 3 of a playoff series in the first round, Saturday, April 23, 2022 in New York.

Brooklyn Nets striker Kevin Durant (7) shoots Boston Celtics striker Grant Williams (12) in the second half of Game 3 of a playoff series in the first round, Saturday, April 23, 2022 in New York.
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“I feel like the first two games were trying to be too aggressive,” Durant said. “A team loading up on me trying to take me out of all my actions. I felt like I was still trying to force the first two games, and when I watched movies, many of my teammates were open. And they “shot down, so I felt like my approach to this match was to play out of everyone – get into the flow of the attack and let the ball move and find me.”

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Durant, who has played at least 41 minutes in each of the three games in this series, said fatigue has not yet been a factor in his game. He argued that the Celtics just have “more size than us.”

“Obviously they’re loading up on him, sending corpses to him, being physically with him … I think those are the unforced turnovers,” Brooklyn head coach Steve Nash added, via outlet. “I do not think Kevin should go off. We shot a good percentage, we moved the ball. It’s just the ones we just gave up. Bad decision making, no connection, simple passes, and they have to. That has been the difference for me. all three matches. “

Outside of Durant, the Nets have struggled to get Kyrie Irving started against the Celtics. On Saturday, the guard went 6 for 17 and missed all seven of his 3-pointers.

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving sits on the baseline in the first half of Game 3 of a playoff series in the first round against the Boston Celtics, Saturday, April 23, 2022 in New York.

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving sits on the baseline in the first half of Game 3 of a playoff series in the first round against the Boston Celtics, Saturday, April 23, 2022 in New York.
(AP Photo / John Minchillo)

The Nets are still looking for answers as they hope to avoid elimination in Match 4 on Monday night. It is unclear whether Ben Simmons will make his debut for Brooklyn in the elimination match.

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“We know what it is,” Durant added. “I do not think any talk or anything will do anything on this part of the year. You know what it is. We are down 3-0. We have another game on Monday. Just come out and play.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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