Kevin Durant disliked Bruce Brown’s Celtics comments

Bruce Brown provided bulletin board material for the Celtics and Kevin Durant attempted to erase it.

Shortly after the Nets punched their ticket to the main draw of the playoffs, Brown took a shot at the higher seed, saying the absence of Boston big man Robert Williams (torn meniscus) would make it easier for the seventh seed.

“Now they don’t have Robert Williams, so they’re less of a presence in the color,” Brown said after the Nets’ 115-108 win over the eighth-seeded Cavaliers in the play-in tournament. “We can attack Al Horford and [Daniel] Theis. Not having Robert Williams is huge.”

Durant didn’t like it when his teammate gave his opponent extra ammo. Durant entered the media room after submitting 25 points and 11 assists and asked reporters what Brown said.

“That’s caffeine pride,” Durant said upon learning of Brown’s comments. “They have two guys who can do the same thing. It’s not going to be easy, I’m telling you.”

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Bruce Brown during the Nets’ play-in win over the Cavaliers on April 12, 2022.
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Durant later added, “We respect our opponent. We don’t have to talk about what we’re going to do to them. I just don’t like it. But that’s Bruce. He comes in and keeps the same energy all season. But we don’t have to say it like that. Let’s just go out and hop.”

One thing Brown and Durant agreed on was the importance of slowing Jayson Tatum down. The Celtics’ star wing has averaged just under 27 points per game this year and posted career-bests with 8.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 6.2 free throws. He wiped out the Nets for 54 points in a home win on March 6.

“S–t, that’s a tough question,” Durant said after being asked how the Nets can constrain Tatum. “He’s one of those players where you just have to play hard and see what happens. He’s just so talented, skilled and efficient at what he does. You just have to play hard and that’s what I expect from us.”

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Kevin Durant (7) dribbles Darius Garland in the Nets’ play-in win over the Cavaliers on April 12, 2022.
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Brown, a Boston native, is looking forward to the best-of-seven series. He wore a Boston jersey at his post-game press conference honoring Terrence Clarke, the Boston NBA hopeful who died last April while preparing for the NBA draft in Los Angeles.

“I’m definitely looking forward to it,” Brown said. “I love Boston. I love being there. My family, my father, will be there. I can barely wait for it.”

When Kyrie ran into Irving Brown in the press conference room and saw the t-shirt, he shook his head.

“It’s for T. Clarke,” explained Brown, who had 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

“It’s for T. Clarke? My fault,” Irving replied. “Okay, okay, my fault.”

Irving wasn’t the only Nets player who appeared to have had to apologize Tuesday night. Kevin Durant disliked Bruce Brown’s Celtics comments


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