Brooklyn Nets of Kevin Durant smashed the Warriors Golden Stephen Curry (125-99) in the party that has opened the new season of the NBA, a meeting that the most important was the confirmation of the recovery Durant from the serious injury he suffered at the end of the 2018-2019 season.
After the experience of the Orlando bubble with which the NBA saved last season, the professional basketball league in the United States has returned to a certain normality with the return of the teams to play the games on their courts, although without an audience due to the covid -19.
The Nets had the responsibility of organizing in Brooklyn the first game of the new normal against the Warriors, who under Curry’s baton won the NBA championship in 2015, 2017 and 2018. But the main interest of the game was to observe the evolution of former teammates Durant and Curry , following injuries that kept them off the court last season.
Curry broke his left hand after appearing in only four games. And Kevin Durant hadn’t really played a game in the past 18 months after a serious Achilles tendon injury in his right leg suffered precisely while playing for the Warriors in 2019.
With all this in mind, the game began with a blazing Nets, moving the ball with confidence allowing them to easily find space for their shooters to hit the Warriors’ rim.
If there was any doubt about Durant’s recovery , the questions quickly disappeared. In the first 12 minutes of the game, KD scored four of his first five attempts, including a triple. Durant moved with ease around the track and displayed a variety of play that made it difficult to imagine he has spent 18 months in dry dock.
Joined by Kyrie Irving, the Nets built up a sizable lead late in the first quarter, 40-25 , against a rebuilding Warriors. And the Durant-Irving combo accounted for 27 of his team’s 40 points with 10 baskets of 15 attempts.
The second quarter kept the same trend despite the fact that the bulky score, quickly the Nets were 19 points ahead of the Warriors, allowed the coach of the Brooklyn, Steve Nash, to rest his figures.
But not even with the second swords on the court, Curry’s men were unable to find a hole in the Nets defense and they could not defend their rim either.
When they reached the break, the scoreboard showed a clear 63-45 and what was worse, the San Francisco team did not show the slightest sign of being able to turn the scoreboard , without defense, without attack and without luck.
In the Warriors, where the only Mexican NBA player, Juan Toscano, plays, Curry went to the locker room with a modest 16 points . And Andrew Wiggins, who should be the other fundamental support of the new Warriors, was missing more than he was right.
On the other side of the court, Irving was smiling from cheek to cheek: he was the leading scorer with 24 points.