Kevin Durant-Less Nets Face Big Questions

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Sports Illustrated

By Howard Beck We will see how legitimate Brooklyn is in the coming weeks without its best player. The Nets played a game without Kevin Durant on Thursday—the first of what will be many in the weeks to come—and it went about the way you’d expect. Kyrie Irving scored a bunch (but not enough). Ben Simmons made many beautiful passes (but did not score at all). And the Nets lost at home to the Celtics, a team that has routinely tortured and taunted them for the last two seasons. Final score: 109–98. It was just Brooklyn’s third loss in seven weeks, a rare road bump amid a renaissance season in whi…

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