There were many prognosticators who felt the Brooklyn Nets would have a highly competitive playoff series against the Boston Celtics. Some analysts even projected Brooklyn to advance.
Through three games, those predictions look foolish. The Celtics are up 3-0 in the series, and even though all three wins have been by single digits, with one coming at the buzzer, they have clearly been the better team.
Additionally, Boston has totally shut down Nets star Kevin Durant, holding him to 19-of-52 shooting so far. Kyrie Irving is also just 10-for-30 from the field in the last two games.
People are wondering what's wrong with the Nets' two big guns, including Magic Johnson. In fact, this afternoon, Johnson asked if the problem might be the pairing itself.
"I’ve seen some of the best duos that have ever played in the NBA in my 40 years of being associated with the league," Johnson said. "After watching the first three games between the Celtics and the Nets, I’m wondering if Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are a good fit."
Assuming Brooklyn doesn't have a miracle comeback up its sleeve, the KD/Kyrie pairing will have produced one playoff series win in three seasons. Granted, Durant didn't play that first year as he rehabbed from Achilles surgery, but there's no doubt that the much-hyped duo has been a disappointment as a whole in Brooklyn.
Most likely, KD and Kyrie will be back together next season, but their supporting cast will definitely be altered, possibly including head coach Steve Nash.