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Kevin Durant didn’t like Bruce Brown’s Celtics comments

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Bruce Brown offered bulletin-board materials for the Celtics and Kevin Durant tried to erase it.

Shortly after the Nets punched their ticket into the main draw of the playoffs, Brown took considerably of a shot on the increased seed, saying the absence of Boston massive man Robert Williams (torn meniscus) would make it simpler for the seventh seed.

“Now they don’t have Robert Williams, so that they have much less of a presence within the paint,” Brown stated after the Nets’ 115-108 win over the eighth-seeded Cavaliers within the play-in match. “We will assault Al Horford and [Daniel] Theis. Them not having Robert Williams is large.”

Durant didn’t like his teammate giving their opponent any further ammunition. Durant walked into the media room after pouring in 25 factors together with 11 assists and requested reporters what Brown stated.

“That’s caffeine delight speaking,” Durant stated when informed of Brown’s feedback. “They obtained two dudes that may do the identical stuff. It ain’t gonna be that straightforward, I’ll inform you that.”

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Bruce Brown through the Nets’ play-in win over the Cavaliers on April 12, 2022.
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Later, Durant added: “We respect our opponent. We don’t have to speak about what we’re going to do to them. I simply don’t like that. However that’s simply how Bruce is. He is available in and he retains the identical power all through the season. However we don’t must say s–t like that. Let’s simply go on the market and hoop.”

One factor Brown and Durant did agree on was how necessary it is going to be to decelerate Jayson Tatum. The Celtics’ star wing averaged a shade beneath 27 factors per sport this yr, and posted career-bests of 8.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 6.2 free throws. He obliterated the Nets for 54 factors in a house victory on March 6.

“S–t, that’s a tricky query,” Durant stated, after he was requested how the Nets can restrict Tatum. “He’s a type of gamers the place you’ve simply gotta play laborious and see what occurs. He’s simply so proficient, expert and environment friendly with what he does. You’ve obtained to only play laborious and I anticipate us to.”

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Kevin Durant (7) dribbles towards Darius Garland through the Nets’ play-in win over the Cavaliers on April 12, 2022.
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Brown, a Boston native, is wanting ahead to the best-of-seven sequence. He was sporting a Boston shirt in his postgame press convention in honor of Terrence Clarke, the NBA hopeful from Boston who died final April whereas making ready for the NBA draft in Los Angeles.

“Positively wanting ahead to it,” Brown stated. “I like Boston. I like being there. My household, my dad, will likely be there. I can’t wait.”

When Kyrie Irving crossed paths with Brown within the press-conference room and noticed the shirt, he shook his head.

“It’s for T. Clarke,” defined Brown, who had 18 factors, 9 rebounds and eight assists.

“It’s for T. Clarke? My unhealthy,” Irving responded. “OK, OK, my fault.”

Irving wasn’t the one Nets participant who needed to apologize Tuesday evening it seems.