On Thursday night, the Brooklyn Nets put up a valiant effort against Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks, but in the end, it was Kevin Durant and company who left empty-handed. Luka led the Mavs to a 129-125 victory in overtime as the Nets were unable to respond to him.
Durant was asked what he believed the Nets needed to “clean up” the most to restart their season after the game. KD responded in a brutally honest manner (h/t Nets Videos on Twitter):
KD said, “Everything.” You evaluate your entire staff and all of your plans, then simply work to make everything better.
What does Kevin Durant think the Nets need to clean up most to get back on track?
“Everything. You look at your whole team and look at all your schemes and just try to fine-tune it all.” pic.twitter.com/jDMQWZxwGB
— Nets Videos (@SNYNets) October 28, 2022
For the Nets right now, not much is going smoothly, and Kevin Durant is well aware of this. He wasn’t afraid to express his emotions.
KD played well against the Mavs once again, scoring 37 points on 12-of-21 shooting and an immaculate 11-of-11 from the charity stripe. That was still insufficient. The fact that Kyrie Irving scored 39 points in a single game couldn’t save the Nets from dropping to 4-4 on the year.
Given how both KD and Kyrie have been playing elite basketball, this is actually more troubling. The rest of the team must significantly step up and must do so as quickly as possible. In any other case, the Nets risk having a terrible 2022–23 season.