“Don’t Have Anyone Who is Halfway in in the Locker Room!”: Kyrie Irving Takes Shots at James Harden, Talks About Kevin Durant’s Injury

Raahib Singh
|Published January 16, 2023

The Brooklyn Nets lost tonight’s matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Playing with a whole squad minus Kevin Durant, the Nets could not match the Thunder’s young guns, and lost the contest in the 4th quarter. Kyrie Irving could manage only 15 points as the Nets failed to find their shooting stroke.

Lu Dort, Josh Giddey, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 22, 28, and 28 to lead the Thunder past the Nets 112-102.

Seth Curry was the best player on the court for the Nets. He scored 23 points in 26 minutes off the bench. The Nets struggled with turnovers, giving away the ball 15 times, as compared to the Thunder’s 8.

The Nets would head out on a five-game road trip, where they would not have Kevin Durant along with them. After the game, Kyrie Irving spoke about playing without KD and more.

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Kyrie Irving takes a shot at James Harden, talks about KD’s absence

Last year, the Brooklyn Nets went through a rough patch starting in January. It was triggered when Kevin Durant injured his knee and was ruled out for two months. In that stretch, the Nets went 5-16 and lost James Harden.

Asked about whether the Nets are worried about another repeat of 5-16 without Durant, Kyrie said,

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James Harden was with the team while Durant was healthy, but after KD got injured, Harden wasn’t too content with Kyrie being a part-time player and him having to carry the team. He forced a trade before the deadline and ended up in Philadelphia.

While there weren’t too many comments about it from the players last year, seems like Kyrie is still not over what happened.

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Can the Nets hold on without Kevin Durant?

Kevin Durant was playing at an MVP level this year. The Durantula was averaging 29.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 5.3 assists. In the two games without him, the Nets have clearly lacked an offensive spark.

KD was diagnosed with an MCL sprain that was set to be re-evaluated in two weeks, but his timeline was set at a month. The other teams in the NBA are pulling up their socks, and the Nets need to do the same if they want to keep the seeding without KD.

What has helped them is that the Bucks have been struggling too, else they would have lost their 2nd seed already.

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Raahib Singh

Raahib Singh

Raahib Singh is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. A Computer Science Engineer by qualification, Raahib's passion for sports drew him toward TSR. He started playing basketball when he was 14, and fell in love with the sport ever since. His interest in the NBA developed at the same time as when Stephen Curry put the entire league on notice. Raahib was spellbound by Steph and the Warriors and has been a fan since. From starting off as a Warriors fan, Raahib has evolved into someone who can never miss a good game of basketball. He converts his love for the game and the knowledge he has gained into the articles he writes. In his spare time, he enjoys cricket, going for walks, and murder mysteries.

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