Kevin Durant hasn’t played in a game for the Brooklyn Nets since he sprained his MCL on Jan. 15 but he still had time to take a shot against the Knicks on Wednesday night. After Brooklyn crawled back from a 28-point deficit and secured the 111-106 win, Durant took to Twitter to express his thoughts.
We all know that New York’s go-to argument against the Nets is that the team doesn’t have any “true” fans. When Steph Curry and the Warriors visited the Barclays Center on Nov. 16, Curry received MVP chants from the crowd. Knicks fans had a fun time with that but the tables turned when Brooklyn played in Madison Square Garden for the first time this season.
At first, it looked like New York was going to cruise to an easy victory. But in typical Knicks fashion, the team began to collapse in the third quarter.
Rookie Cam Thomas scored 16 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, only missing two of his nine attempts. With less than 10 seconds left to play, the 20-year-old dribbled the ball past half-court, stepped back, and pulled up for a deep 3-pointer that gave the Nets a 109-103 lead with 6.8 seconds remaining.
Minutes after the game ended, Durant followed in Thomas’ footsteps and nailed the team’s second dagger of the night.
Kevin Durant roasts Knicks fans on Twitter after Brooklyn Nets’ 111-106 win.
Sure, there are only 7.8 miles that separate Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden so it makes sense that Brooklyn fans made the trip into Manhattan. However, from New York’s perspective, the Nets don’t have many fans in the first place, right?
After Thomas’ epic shot, you can hear and see the excitement from Brooklyn’s fans in the background.
That’s because of the fan-assembled Brooklyn Brigade, who showed out in MSG and earned a nod of approval from KD himself.
Durant passed up on the opportunity to play in front of Knicks fans regularly when he signed with the Nets in free agency almost three years ago. New York convinced itself that KD would be calling basketball’s most famous arena his new home but he opted for Brooklyn over Manhattan.
The 12-time All-Star is expected to return after the upcoming break. If Knicks fans thought that Wednesday’s game was rough, imagine what the outcome would’ve looked like if Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Ben Simmons had all played.
But then again, it’s not worthwhile to dream about what could’ve been, right? New York knows that all too well.