Kevin Durant went cold in Game 2 and the Brooklyn Nets paid the ultimate price as they are now 2-0 down to the Boston Celtics in their first round series. Durant shot 4-of-17 from the field in Game 2 as the Celtics won 114-107 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Durant still finished with 27 points, mainly because he attempted 20 free-throw attempts. Durant, who shot 0-of-10 from the field in the second game, went 18-of-20 from the free-throw line. Durant didn't impress in Game 1 either as he shot 9-of-24 from the field.
"It's on me to just finish it and figure it out," Durant said, per ESPN. "I'm not expecting my teammates or the defense to give me anything. I just got to go out there and play." The Celtics are focused on stopping Durant and so far they have been doing their work exceptionally.
"They're playing two, three guys off me sometimes on me when I'm off the ball," Durant said. "They're mucking up actions when I run off stuff -- I see [Al] Horford leaving his man to come over and hit me sometimes.
Two or three guys hit me wherever I go. And that's just the nature of the beast in the playoffs. I feel like I got a couple good shots there in the fourth that just didn't go down, but I see a few of their guys around me every time I get the ball, and so I got to be more patient, but also play fast sometimes, too."
Kyrie Irving aims to help Durant
Irving gave credit to the Celtics defense, which is ranked at No. 1 in the NBA. However, Irving is confident the Nets can find a way to make Durant efficient. "I just got to get him to his spots and make the game a lot easier, and I believe I can do that with the assistance of the coaches and having a game plan to attack this defense," Irving said.
"We're going against the No. 1 team in defense in the league. They've proven it, so it's not going to be easy, but it can be done." After Game 2, Durant admitted the Celtics have been doing an outstanding work on him so far.
"They're doing a good job of trying to cut off my scoring," Durant said. "Trying to limit my shot-making. So two or three people contest, or somebody's there in the lane when I'm driving. They might double here and there, so they're doing a good job. It's on me to figure it out." The Nets play Games 3 and 4 in Brooklyn.