Entering Saturday's game against the PG-less Clippers, the Brooklyn Nets must have been feeling good about their chances to win.
Unfortunately for the Nets, they suffered an embarrassing defeat in the aftermath of a fourth-quarter collapse.
Reflecting on the disappointing performance of his team, Kevin Durant called out his team after the game.
“Like coach said, we didn’t deserve to win this game, we came in here with a f–d up attitude to start, thinking we was just gonna walk up into a W.”
"Hopefully a loss like this will sit in your brain until tomorrow,” said KD. “Go out there, understand what your job is as an individual, and how you can be the best at that job and how you can bring it to the collective. It’s always abut the collective. So if you ain’t feeling like s–t after this game, then you gotta look yourself in the mirror.”
On paper, the Nets have a roster capable of competing against any team. Even without Kyrie, they are a team to be feared.
And while the Nets have shown a number of flaws this season, there is a sense of optimism as they build chemistry and continue to get better.
“We knew it was gonna take some time and it’s still a process, but I feel like we in the right direction, as far as just communication defensively, being on the same page. Offensively, knowing some sets that we can get into with different lineups out there, and then executing,” Harden said. “That’s pretty much what we’ve been working on, and what’s been happening in these last few games. We’ve got a long way to go. Long way to go,” Harden added. “But we’re definitely in the right direction, and it feels good.”
Tonight's loss will sing for a while, but Durant isn't about to let it happen again.
With the New Year finally here, the playoffs will start sooner than some might think. And if Brooklyn wants to maximize their chances, they can't fall into the habit of getting complacent.