Nate may have a hard time. But they still have Kevin Durant.

Boston – Kevin Durant did not take place. He admitted so much. When he had the ball against the Celtics on Wednesday night, and even when he did not, the guards would cover his space, shade him and cover him like a Saran wrap. They were on the perimeter, in the paint, and on the elbow. How was it possible that there were only five on the court at a time?

“They spoil the action when I’m running,” said Durant, who singled out Celtics’ Al Horford for “leaving his man and sometimes hitting him.” Durant continued: “Only two or three boys hit me wherever I go. And that’s just the nature of the beast in the playoffs. “

It was around 11pm when Durant suggested the Nets lost 114-107 to Celtics in Game 2 of their first round of the playoff series, and he did not look worried at all. In fact, his analysis turned out to be unwise: here were the facts, and his task was to rectify the problems as the Nets sought to reverse none of the deficits from the two games in the top seven. He heads to Brooklyn for Game 3 on Saturday night.

“It’s up to me to finish and find out,” he said. “I do not expect my teammates or the defense to give me anything. “I just have to go and play.”

Durant has an atypical series. Losing the Nets in Game 1 of the week on Sunday, he hit 9 of 24 pitches and committed six tandems. In the second game, he shot 4 of 17 from the field and committed six tandems. The Celtics, with their length and toughness, have produced the NBA top rated defense in the regular season and now they are consolidating the best scorer on the planet. This is not a trouble.

“When you’re an excellent scorer, or a consistent scorer, you’re accustomed to seeing open space and you usually shake the boys with one or two moves,” said Nets player Kairy Irving. “But with this protection, these two or three steps, guys stay on your thigh.”

You may have heard this already, but the Nets have had an exciting season. At one point, James Harden was playing with them until they exchanged him for Ben Simmons. Irving was not allowed to play in the Nets and then he was – but only on the road, about a month ago. And stay tuned: Simmons might actually make his team debut in this series. The bottom line is that Nate has never had great constipation.

Counting them, of course, would be a mistake. Durant and Irving can do unusual things independently. But the Celtics are determined – they trailed by 17 points on Wednesday before starting their return – and have their own two stars, Jason Tatum and Jalen Brown, who have finally opened their own chemistry brand. Irving looked like their publicist.

“I’m not surprised at all,” Irving said. “I just think the time is right. Their window is now on these young boys who are on this team who have matured. “They went through soap operas together, went through seasons together and fought together.”

The Celtics were ready for battle on Wednesday. Hours before the game, Marcus Smart, the team’s starting defender, made the announcement when he came out onto the arena with a glittering boxing robe with the acronym “DPOY” pasted on his back. At the pre-match ceremony, he officially received the NBA Best Defender of the Year award from the star cast, which included Gary Peyton, the last defender to win the award for the 1995-96 season.

Still, almost everyone in the building was expecting Durant to come back from the fights in Game 1, and for good reason. Last season, he averaged 41.8 points in four games, followed by a loss to the Nets in the playoffs. Celtics coach Ime Udoka knew these statistics sharply. He named it before Wednesday’s match.

“I just understand what he is going to do and he will try,” Udoka said. “We all know that.”

Udoka, especially. Last season, he was one of the assistants to Nets coach Steve Nash. Udoka has institutional knowledge and he uses it.

“They change everything,” Durant said. “They mostly play in the zone, so it’s easier for all the players. They don’t have to chase on screens, they don’t have to fight over things. Just use your length, sit in the alley and help.”

At his post-game press conference, Durant looked at the box scores as if it were a puzzle that needed to be solved. He made several observations. He noticed, for example, that the Celtics had seven players collecting at least 10 points, which indicated their balance. He also noted that “they hit us a few times.”

There were no decisions – not yet. On the one hand, the Celtics simply maintained an advantage at home in the series. The Nets, on the other hand, are in a difficult position: they have to win four of their next five games, potentially. Mathematics is unforgivable.

“To be honest, we really do not have time for frustration,” Irving said.

Maybe Durant minutes are starting to hurt. In the final weeks of the regular season, the Nets needed a fight to secure a place in the post-season, and Durant took a big load: 42 minutes with the Charlotte Hornets, 45 minutes with the Milwaukee Bucks, 42 minutes with Atlanta. Hawk. He also provided more than 40 minutes in the final game of the regular season, shooting 5 to 17 against the Indiana Pacers. It was, in a way, a sign that was expected against the Celtics.

Ahead of Saturday’s game, Durant said he would study the film. He expressed faith in his teammates.

“The name of our game is just a game that is extremely hard,” he said.

Problem? This is also a Celtics game.

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