Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets sit on the brink of playoff elimination after falling into a 3-0 hole against the Boston Celtics yesterday. He has not played well this series, and he had a troubling admission after last night's loss.
Speaking to the media, Durant admitted that he's been "thinking too much" for the entire series thus far. He said he's been overthinking his approach to the game, but he's looking forward to the next one.
"I was just thinking too much, to be honest, this whole series," Durant said, via ESPN. "Like how I approach the game. We got another game to play - another opportunity - and I'm looking forward to that."
Despite spending over 45 minutes on the court - more than anyone else in the game - Durant attempted just 11 shots. He finished the game with 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a 109-103 loss.
As you can imagine, Kevin Durant isn't getting a whole lot of sympathy for those comments. Boston's Marcus Smart told the media in response to those comments that it's a sign the Celtics are doing their job - getting into Durant's head.
NBA fans aren't exactly feeling bad for Durant either given that the team was built, per his own design, from top to bottom to support him.
Durant's legacy might be at stake in this next game. We'll find out if he's able to stop "overthinking" enough to avoid an embarrassing sweep.
But whether the series ends in Game 4, 5, 6 or 7, it's probably going to haunt him for a long time.