Kevin Durant insists the focus on basketball has always been there within the Brooklyn Nets locker room but it was just a matter of them putting it all together. After a tumultuous start to the 2022/23 season and all the drama that was surrounding the Nets, Brooklyn has won its last nine games.
On Monday night, the Nets defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road 125-117. "To be honest, I think we've always been about ball. No disrespect to what you guys do, I just think the outside world, with media and fans, just makes it seem like we don't care about the game or we are not focused on the task at hand, but I thought we've always been that way [about being focused].
It's a fact that you don't have much to talk about outside of the game, so that's not adding to the discussion around our team," Durant said, per ESPN.
Durant, Kyrie Irving on the Nets' winning streak
Irving, who drew lots of negative attention to the Nets when he promoted an movie full of antisemitic material in October, was also asked if he felt the focus was back for the Nets.
"For me, personally, I think I just put myself aside at times. Just trust what we got going on any external negativity or praise I really don't care about it. I'm just focused on being the best version of me and letting the results play out based on how well can you trust one another as a group," Irving said.
Durant and Irving have been playing extremely well lately and that's one of the main reasons why the Nets have been winning a lot this month. Against the Cavaliers, Durant had 32 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Irving also had a great performance versus the Cavaliers as he dropped 32 points and dished out five assists. The Nets now own a 22-12 record and they are hosting the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.