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Nets ‘Kevin Durant strikes back Warriors’ claim to Brooklyn visit

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Nets star Kevin Durant shook his head as the question was asked. The Warriors come against Brooklyn on Tuesday, and he certainly knew there would be some bold claims ahead of the matchup.

And yes, there was the question: Finals preview. Obviously, as an NBA fan it is fun to imagine Durant playing his old team, but don’t expect Durant to indulge in that kind of speculation, even if the Warriors are at the top of the NBA at 10-2 and the Nets close behind at 10-4, second to the east and riding a three-game winning streak.

“It’s just another game,” said Durant. “I mean, there are 15 games in the season. Obviously they are the best team in the league, they play at an elite level. It is a regular season game. Of course we want to go out and win in front of our home crowd, but we’re not going to put too much pressure on ourselves and call the final a matchup, we don’t even see it that way. It’s another opportunity to build ourselves up, find out what we want to do out there, and keep moving forward. “

While Durant may not be considering the potential for a Warriors Nets NBA Final, the good people in Vegas see this as an increasing possibility. The Nets, even with some early bouts from James Harden and the continued absence of Kyrie Irving due to New York City’s vaccine mandate, are the top favorites to win the Eastern Conference, with just plus-120 (i.e. a $ 100 bet wins). $ 120) to represent the East in the finals, according to VegasInsider.com.

The Milwaukee Bucks, the defending champions of the NBA, are plus 300, the Heat plus 600.

In the west, the Lakers remain the favorite, but the number has shifted significantly with the Warriors, who are now plus-300 on the futures odds board after opening the year at plus-550. The Lakers are plus-280.

That means Durant and the Nets, whether they admit it or not, are increasingly likely to be headed for an epic NBA final.

Of course, Durant would be the main storyline in such a series. He played for the Warriors after leaving Oklahoma City in 2016 and spending three tumultuous seasons at Golden State. Durant and the Warriors reached the finals and won two championships in all three years he was there, with Durant winning the Finals MVP both times.

The Warriors lost to Toronto in the 2019 final when Durant tore his Achilles tendon in Game 5. Golden State lost Game 6, giving the Raptors their first title.

Durant flew to Brooklyn the following summer, and after that a number of rumors and chatter surfaced about his misfortune with Golden State – and the misfortune of the team with him.

Most notably, there was a widespread incident where Durant and Green had a screaming match on the bench during a game early in the 2018-19 season. Durant and Green later accused the organization of downplaying the fight rather than confronting it. Durant and Green have now settled their beef.

“We just had to throw it all on the table and say, ‘Yo, that was full.’ … I don’t think we did that, ”Durant said in an interview with Green this summer. “We tried to dance around it. I just didn’t like the way it all, just the mood between it all, made me weird. … Communication is the key, and we didn’t show that and that rubbed me wrong above all. “

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