Apr 3, 2022
Prick FriedellESPN Employees Writer
- Prick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse Faculty of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.
ATLANTA -- Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant scored a career-excessive 55 ingredients that included a career-excessive eight 3-tips on Saturday night -- however those weren't the numbers he was furious by after a disappointing 122-115 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
Durant acknowledged he was frustrated that his team was "undisciplined" defensively, and he might well well not rep over the indisputable fact that Brooklyn allowed the Hawks to race to the free throw line 49 events in contrast with splendid 19 attempts for the Nets.
"We're fouling early," Durant acknowledged. "We put them within the bonus early each and each quarter; 37-14 [difference in] free throw makes. And it be no longer 'motive for the refs, it was attributable to we're reaching and being undisciplined and ideal taking half in too aggressive. That is the sport. They shot 42% from the sector which is mountainous protection, 31[%] from the 3. They outrebounded us by two, and one more serve than us ... it be splendid fouls. And we are in a position to't lift out that if we deserve to be a winning team."
With the loss, the 40-38 Nets slid into 10th keep within the Japanese Conference with splendid four abnormal-season video games final. On a night as soon as they must unruffled had been celebrating Durant's brilliance -- particularly provided that the Nets had been taking half in without Goran Dragic (health and safety protocols), Bruce Brown (non-COVID illness) and Seth Curry (sprained left ankle) -- the Nets had been left to lament the truth they might well well well not present the assistance to shut presumably the most necessary game over a team that splendid jumped them within the standings.
"It does not even really feel like he had 55 tonight," Nets guard Kyrie Irving acknowledged. "You know what I indicate? Perfect the methodology that we really feel about the sport afterwards."
For his section, Durant -- who accomplished the night 19-for-28 from the sector, 8-for-10 from beyond the arc, 9-for-11 from the awful line and added seven rebounds and three assists in 42 minutes -- acknowledged this converse loss wasn't any more disappointing given his career night.
"Every loss is deflating," Durant acknowledged. "I ain't even jumpy about that, I'm splendid mad on the loss. I'm gay I shot the ball correctly. Made eight 3s, a career excessive, however I need we would have came out with a W splendid by doing the small stuff. My ingredients are going to advance serve, my shots are going to advance serve, however the small stuff that we got to place out, we got to be on the identical page with."
Treasure many of his teammates, Irving struggled to search out a rhythm on both halt of the bottom. He accomplished splendid 12-for-32 from the sector and took "stout accountability" for eager to place out a bigger job defensively within the post and "play without fouling." On top of the defensive components, Irving was upset that he and the relaxation of the Nets might well well not lift out more to serve Durant on offense.
"We splendid must ease his burden on the offensive halt," Irving acknowledged. "He is going to be Kevin Durant. All of us know who he is. All of us know what he's in a position to, however we must unruffled be there to enhance him. And we must unruffled be there prepared to play splendid as mighty as he is and no longer enable frustration seep in at all."
Without reference to the loss, each and each Durant and Irving dwell happy that the Nets can unruffled rep serve on the right tune prior to the play-in event starts in lower than two weeks.
"I cannot advance in right here acting like I'm shedding self belief," Durant acknowledged. "We lost some video games and we're going to protect taking half in unless it be over. That's how I really feel."
The Nets on Saturday wasted an all-time Durant efficiency in a career that has been stout of Hall of Reputation-mighty highlights. They might well well not expertise the excessive of his private achievement for the reason that low was so low.
"We didn't play a correct ballgame," Nets coach Steve Nash acknowledged. "I cannot really sugarcoat it."