In an odd twist, the Brooklyn Nets losing to the Boston Celtics may not have been as much a surprise to some as one might think. At the start of the 2021-22 NBA season, the Nets were presumptive favorites to win the title behind Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden.
While the Harden experiment did not go well and the vaccination status of Kyrie Irving compounded by injury to Kevin Durant threw a wrench in the Nets’ regular-season expectations, there was still optimism ahead of the 2022 NBA playoffs. Then, the Nets collided with a white-hot Celtics squad that had unexpectedly morphed into the most dangerous team in the league midway through the season.
In a recent interview discussed on the Fox show “Undisputed,” it seems Mike James, a former Net and friend of KD, heard from Durant himself that he did not expect to beat Boston.
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