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Brooklyn Nets ahead Kevin Durant blasted his crew's "f--ked up perspective" after Saturday's 120-116 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
"We fair relaxed too grand," Durant told newshounds. "We stand up 10, miss a layup or flip the ball over, and they accumulate a instant break, give up a 3, straight-line force—admire coach [Steve Nash] talked about, we did now not must utilize this game. We came in right here with a f--ked-up perspective. Thinking we had been fair going to stroll correct into a W."
The Nets allowed the Clippers to build up 40 fourth-quarter capabilities as part of a comeback utilize after Brooklyn led by as many as 13 capabilities. Eric Bledsoe led the potential with 27 capabilities, because the Clippers had been playing with Paul George, Nicolas Batum and Kawhi Leonard out as a result of injuries and Luke Kennard and Ivica Zubac in health and safety protocols. Marcus Morris Sr. was additionally out for relaxation.
Durant accomplished with 28 capabilities and 9 rebounds, and James Harden had a triple-double, nonetheless Brooklyn showed lackadaisical effort defensively. Six Clippers accomplished in double figures, and the crew purchased contributions from several gamers who are on hardship contracts.
"Or no longer it is pure when a crew is missing so many gamers," Durant talked about. "They're going thru so grand over there. [We] relaxed. You don't focus on you can lose an NBA game admire this. They're missing how many guys? They're playing guys which can be up from the G League. Xavier Moon came in and hit some shots for them. Keon Johnson, James Ennis—they all made an influence I felt on the sport, and I focus on we came in too kick again to originate."
The Nets bear in mind dropped two straight video games and now path the Chicago Bulls by a game for the tip blueprint within the Jap Conference.