It’s safe to say that Stan Van Gundy is not a big fan of the Brooklyn Nets’ small-ball lineup with Kevin Durant at center.
Before the Nets take on the Boston Celtics in Game 4 on Monday. Van Gundy was asked about his thoughts on the Nets’ small-ball play. Sure enough, the former NBA coach didn’t hold back and highlighted how there are high school teams with bigger lineups than that.
Simply put, SVG thinks the Nets’ small-ball will still be considered small-ball in a high school setting.
“Kevin Durant at center. There are high schools that have guys that big. Then you’re playing Bruce Brown, Kyrie, Seth Curry and Patty Mills. There’s certainly high schools that play much bigger lineups than that,” the 62-year-old NBA analyst added.
It’s easy to see where Stan Van Gundy is coming from. After the Celtics dominated the Nets to get a 3-0 series lead, one would expect Brooklyn to get more physical.
Of course the idea of adding more shooters around Durant will help, but the fact of the matter is Brooklyn needs to be the aggressors and match up with the Celtics’ physicality.
"Kevin Durant at center. There are high schools that have guys that big. Then you're playing Bruce Brown, Kyrie, Seth Curry, & Patty Mills. There's certainly high schools that play much bigger lineups than that."
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) April 25, 2022
Game 4 is a must-win for Brooklyn or else they’ll be the lone team to get swept in the postseason. Furthermore, it is their last chance to prove that they are not the biggest superteams bust in NBA history.