After the Net’s victory against the Cavaliers in the play-in tournament, they have earned a spot in the playoffs as the 7th seed, who will now be facing the 2nd seed (Boston Celtics). On the sidelines of the celebration, Kevin Durant did not seem to be happy knowing how Bruce Brown strategized against the Boston Celtics’ big guys to win in the paint against them.
Bruce Brown said ”Now they (Celtics) do not have Robert Williams, so they have less of a presence in the paint, so we will be able to attack [Daniel] Theis and [Al] Horford in the paint. Them not having Robert Williams is huge”
Kevin Durant on Bruce Brown’s views regarding the Celtic’s big guys: Let’s just play instead of saying what we should do
Brown’s talk of how he believes they should approach Boston irked Durant. Durant, whose postgame news conference followed Brown’s, chose to comment on Brown’s answer after he sat down.
In an irritating reaction in the postgame conference, Durant did not seem to like what Brown said about the Celtics, and felt it was underestimating an opponent which is strong. Durant told “We don’t need to talk about what we’re going to do to them. I just don’t like that. But that’s just how Bruce is. He keeps the same energy throughout the whole season. But we don’t need to say s**t like that. Let’s just go out there and hoop.”
He also said what Brown did was ”caffeine pride talking” and they can not underestimate Theis & Horford, as they are equally good in comparison with Williams.
Bruce Brown’s caffeine pride or performance pride?
Brown was coming off an outstanding performance in Brooklyn’s 115-108 play-in tournament victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, in which he had 18 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, and three steals in 40 minutes. So Brown could have been a bit high on confidence after the win, which clinched a first-round matchup with the Celtics. However, he also presented Boston with some team’s bulletin-board substance, which Durant quickly tried to defuse.
The Celtics and Nets have faced four times this season, with Boston winning three of those games. The Nets’ first victory came on November 24, months before the blockbuster trade that sent James Harden and Paul Millsap to Philadelphia in exchange for Ben Simmons, Andre Drummond, and Seth Curry.