Skip Bayless believes that the presence of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will suffice for the Brooklyn Nets to defeat the Boston Celtics in a probable first-round playoff meeting.
The Celtics have grabbed the second spot in the Eastern Conference, while the Nets are the seventh seed in the play-in tournament. If the Brooklyn Nets win their first game against the Cavaliers, they will meet the Celtics for the 1st round of the 2022 NBA playoffs.
Skip Bayless on Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant’s unprecedented bond
In the latest episode of ‘Skip and Shannon: Undisputed,’ Bayless discussed the Brooklyn Nets’ prospects against the Boston Celtics:
“They (Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving) argue over whether it’s your turn or mine, but as we’ve seen over the last month, one will give you 50 points and the other will give you a 30 point triple-double. In the end, if Durant and Kyrie Irving come out and say, “It’s time,” the Celtics will fail.”
Will the Nets shine over the Celtics once again as the last season?
This is the 1st time Durant and Irving will battle off during the postseason as a duo. They ran mayhem against the Celtics in the first round last season, supported by current Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden. The trio helped the Brooklyn Nets win the series 4-1. Whether they can repeat the same without Harden remains to be seen.
Although their performance during the regular season was disappointing, it must be noted that the nets are still one of the most feared teams in the Eastern Conference, all thanks to the performance of their stars, Irving and Durant.
If the Nets had encountered last year’s Boston Celtics in the first round, they would have been the overwhelming favorite again. This time, nevertheless, such is not the case. During the 2021-22 season, the Celtics went from 23-24 to 51-30, a historic turnaround. Nevertheless, if the Nets get their defense right, combined with their aggressive offense of players like Irving, Durant, Mills, etc., the nets would still have an opportunity to gain an edge over the Celtics and repeat last year’s 1st round performance.