Kevin Durant's Struggles Called Out After Nets' Game 2 Collapse vs. Celtics

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 21, 2022

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics plays defense on Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets during Round 1 Game 2 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on April 20, 2022 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant shot just 4-of-17 (0-of-10 in the second half) alongside six turnovers during his team's 114-107 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of their NBA first-round playoff series on Wednesday.

KD scored 27 points (18-of-20 free throws), but this outing followed a 9-of-24 shooting afternoon with six turnovers in a 115-114 Game 1 loss.

It was an uncharacteristic performance for Durant, a 12-time All-Star, four-time scoring champion and nine-time All-NBA player.

He also rolled into the playoffs averaging 31.1 points on 51.6 percent shooting, 7.6 assists and 7.4 rebounds in the 19 regular-season contests following his return from a sprained MCL.

Nothing has gone right so far against Boston though. Durant just doesn't look like the same player.

Dan Devine @YourManDevine

KD's now 13-for-39 with 12 turnovers in two games. Boston's length, athleticism, and aggression have him in hell, but I also wonder if some of this -- like just straight-up losing the dribble multiple times -- is 39 MPG for five weeks fresh off an MCL sprain coming home to roost?

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

KD 0-10 FG in 2nd half.<br><br>First time in KD's career he's taken at least 10 field goal attempts in the second half and made zero of them. <a href="https://t.co/JGZlBMbhXd">https://t.co/JGZlBMbhXd</a> <a href="https://t.co/T2c0bBubND">pic.twitter.com/T2c0bBubND</a>

CelticsBlog @celticsblog

I, for one, am happy that the Monstars took Durant's mojo

Kristian Winfield #NFTAllStar @Krisplashed

2 uncharacteristically poor games from Kevin Durant.

Mina Kimes @minakimes

Watching Durant miss from midrange like this is shaking my worldview

StatMuse @statmuse

Kevin Durant through 3 quarters:<br><br>4 baskets<br>4 fouls<br>5 turnovers <a href="https://t.co/uTYRF1cjYt">pic.twitter.com/uTYRF1cjYt</a>

Alec Sturm @Alec_Sturm

Kevin Durant’s all-around game been atrocious for the second time. This is becoming a serious issue.

Josh Eberley 🇨🇦 @JoshEberley

Durant hasn’t looked this mortal since he was up 3-1 in OKC

Jay King @ByJayKing

Won't be at all surprised if he goes off the rest of the way, but you don't ever see Kevin Durant this out of sorts. Celtics have done a great job on him. Making him work so hard for everything.

Billy Reinhardt @BillyReinhardt

Kevin Durant’s 7th turnover of the night. Unforced error, dribbling the ball off his foot.

Of course, the Celtics' defense deserves its due credit:

Brad Townsend @townbrad

Durant and Irving are a combined 7-for-29. Boston's defense is something to behold when it's clicking.

Billy Reinhardt @BillyReinhardt

What a turnaround for Boston.<br><br>23-6 fourth quarter edge for the Celtics.<br><br>7/11 completely blanketed, stifled, and dominated down the stretch.

KD's performances have left a lot to be desired, but Durant is one of the best basketball players in the world and can easily change the series narrative when the matchup returns to Brooklyn for Game 3 on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET.