Kevin Durant didn't mince words after the Brooklyn Nets suffered a shock loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. The Clippers were severely undermanned but still pulled off a 120-116 win over the Nets. "We just relaxed too much," Durant said, per ESPN.
"We get up 10, miss a layup or turn the ball over, and they get a fast break, give up a 3, straight-line drive -- like coach [Steve Nash] said, we didn't deserve to win this game. We came in here with a f---ed-up attitude.
Thinking we were just going to walk into a W." The Clippers were playing without Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and several other key players. "It's natural when a team is missing so many players," Durant said when asked why the Nets' attitude was the way it was.
"They're going through so much over there. [We] relaxed. You don't think you could lose an NBA game like this. They're missing how many guys? They're playing guys that are up from the G League. Xavier Moon came in and hit some shots for them.
Keon Johnson, James Ennis -- they all made an impact I felt on the game, and I think we came in too chill to start."
Coach agreed with Durant
The Nets allowed the Clippers to score 71 points in the second half and coach Nash said that was unacceptable.
"I just think [giving up] 71 points in the second half is unacceptable," Nash said. "We just never really had the care factor. Turned it up, we had a chance up nine, 10, 11 in the third and fourth at different times and just took our foot off the gas and got what we deserved, really.
All those guys in there, I think they know it, they're disappointed of course, but it's a disappointment for all of us -- that was obviously a very winnable game that we let get away." Durant is hoping the Nets will quickly forget the loss and bounce back in their next game.
"Hopefully a loss like this, it's in your brain until [Sunday]," Durant said. "Go out there and understand what your job is as an individual and how you can be the best at that job and how you can bring it to the collective.
It's always about the collective. So if you ain't feeling like s--- after this game, then you got to look yourself in the mirror."