Kevin Durant’s honest assessment of “measuring stick game” for Nets vs Suns
Kevin Durant had a big game in his return from injury on Sunday. The Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets faced off in what figured to be an intriguing test for both clubs, and also a possible Finals preview
The Nets beat the Suns 128-119 in a thrilling game where Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving combined for 67 points for the Nets.
After the game Durant was asked if this was a measuring stick game for the Nets.
Durant made his comments after a win which affirmed the Nets’ place at the top of the Eastern Conference. They have perhaps the most talented roster in the league:
I asked Kevin Durant if the Suns were a measuring stick game for the Nets: "I think we were a measuring stick for them."
— Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) April 25, 2021
Durant and the Nets showed the rest of the league how good they can be as they picked up a victory against a tough Phoenix team without James Harden. He dropped 33 points in only 28 minutes in his return.
The Nets have been playing well all season long and haven’t had many games where all three stars are healthy. It will be scary for the rest of the league when this team is at full strength.
For Phoenix, the team has exceeded expectations and seem ready to compete against any opponent in the playoffs. Booker seems ready and determined to reek havoc in what will be his first playoff appearance of his career. Chris Paul’s leadership and intelligence on the court has helped the Suns get into the position they are in now, and he will be ready for yet another playoff run. The Suns have never won the NBA title. It will be fascinating to see if, in this pandemic season, they can produce postseason magic and stand up to the Los Angeles Lakers if the teams meet in a postseason series.
Whichever team you think it was a measuring stick game for, one thing is for sure, the Nets and the Suns are both poised for deep playoff runs.