Kevin Durant’s Brooklyn Nets systematically dismantled the Boston Celtics with ease in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Across the way, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks did the same with the Miami Heat.
Now both squads will face their first real challenge of the postseason, squaring off against one another in what many believe is the unofficial conference finals.
This week, Durant spoke to the media regarding what he’s anticipating ahead of his battle versus Antetokounmpo.
As has become the norm for him in recent years, he kept it very real.
“It’s cool to compete against the best on this stage at this point of the season,” Durant said.
“It’s always fun challenging yourself against some of the best, and these battles have made me a better player, raised my awareness out there on the court by playing against such great teams and also great players and coaches.
“So [it’s] just another opportunity to go out there and enjoy the moment. Every moment you get to play is incredible, so when you’re out there with the best players in the world, MVPs and Defensive Players of the Year, it just makes it even better.”
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The Nets’ first-round series against Boston was marred by a incident that had fans calling for Kyrie Irving’s arrest. At the moment, it looks like their second-round series is off to a much more cordial and respectful start.
Will it last, though? Time will tell.