Kevin Durant is living a torment in the tie against the Celtics. To the player of Netsone of the best pure scorers in history, finds it hard to find a hoop. The Boston Defense, the most efficient of the regular season, is complicating his life to extremes that seemed unimaginable. So much so that in the second game of the series he signed the worst half of his entire career. After the break he did 0/10 on field goals.
The Nets star, who is also noticeably fatigued, ended up with 27 pointsa sensational figure for not having seen the game or analyzed the statistics. He made only four of his 17 shots from the field and sum especially from the free throw (18/20). cometi five fouls and six turnovers the ball more than baskets I put. In the two games of the series he accumulates a 13/41 shooting from the field, 12 losses and his team, has lost by eight between the two games, accumulates a -23 points while he has been on track. It is the worst data of the entire template.
Durant’s folly is only understood from the Celtics’ defense, which suffocates him. “They’re putting two or three players on me. I see to Horford leaving her man to come for me. They follow me wherever I go. I had a couple of good shots that just didn’t go in, but I see some of their guys around me every time I get the ball, so I have to be more patient, but also play faster.” it’s all in your hands: “It’s up to me to get this over with and figure it out. I don’t expect my teammates or the defense to give me anything. I just have to go out there and play.” From the bench, Steve Nash doesn’t seem like the right coach to offer tactical solutions.
Results of the day
- Celtics 114-107 Nets (2-0)
- Raptors 101-104 Sixers prrroga (0-3)
- Bucks 110-114 Bulls (1-1)
The Celtics also minimized in the second game the contribution of Kyrie Irvingwhich, after its great premiere in the series, stayed in 10 points with 4/13 shooting from the field. Waiting for that Ben Simmons can play and we will have to see how he returns, those of Brooklyn they don’t have much else. The options of the Nets happen because their two stars are at a high level and perhaps not even with that it will reach them. Candidates for the ring at the beginning of the season with the Lakersmay be another of the fiascos of the course.
DeMar DeRozan leader to the Bullsthey got the bell on Milwaukee and equalized the series. The escort did 41 points, his career high in a playoff game. The last franchise players to reach that number in title playoffs were Derrick Rosein 2011, and Michael Jordan, in 1998. Up to 38 times ‘Air’ did it. DeRozan’s performance had merit in reaching that number without needing to score a 3-pointer and, on many occasions, with Giannis Antetokounmpo in front of. I made 8/9 shots with the Greek as a defender.
Joel Embiid he’s a guy given to bravado. This season said: “I am capable of being Shaq, Nowitzki, Kobe or Jordan”. It seemed like an exaggeration, but he is right. Something of all of them has the pvot of the Sixerswho aspires to MVP beside Nikola Jokic. In the third game against the Raptors, Embiid brought out the best of his repertoire. I left mates and blocks typical of the most devastating of the pvots, escort movements and the wrist of the best shooter. oh there’s your triple at half turn to win in the last second of overtime. A release that is already iconic in his career.
Khris Middleton suffered an injury to medial collateral ligament of the left knee during the fourth quarter of the Bucks’ loss to the Bulls. He is awaiting tests to find out the extent of his illness and estimate a time off. She is the latest NBA star to be injured in or shortly before the playoffs. adds to Luka Doncic, Devin Booker, Scottie Barnes, Clint Capela, Robert Williams… To them can be added players from the qualified teams who have not played either and may not: Ben Simmons, ZIon Williamson, Jamal Murray, Lonzo Ball, Michael Porter Jr… An All Star in the nurse.