Stephen A. Smith came away from Tuesday’s match-up between the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers with a strong assessment.
The ESPN NBA insider appeared on ‘First Take’ the following morning and summed up the Nets’ effort with just one word: “disgraceful.”
Smith absolutely went off on Brooklyn.
“It was one of the most disgraceful performances I’ve ever seen from any NBA team. The Brooklyn Nets should be ashamed of themselves.”
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“Let me tell you the one thought that came to my mind,” he said.
“It was the worst loss by an NBA team this season. It was one of the most disgraceful performances I’ve ever seen from any NBA team. The Brooklyn Nets should be ashamed of themselves.”
Smith then went on to specifically criticize Kevin Durant for not taking enough shots (14) and also mocked the Nets overall for their inability to keep it competitive with such a shorthanded Sixers group.
James Harden, who has been nursing an injury, was obviously out – but so were Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey. Despite that, Philly won by nine.
The Nets are now 8-10 on the year and sit tenth in the Eastern Conference.
Smith has obviously had some strong criticisms of the Nets in the past, but many viewers at home were stunned by how mad he was about one particular early-season affair.
That said, this is what they pay him the big bucks for (as opposed to some of his female co-workers).
It will be interesting to see where the Nets go from here. Obviously on paper they have the makings of a championship team, but games aren’t won on paper.
The photos speak for themselves. https://t.co/kC6clJkqpR
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Will Durant and Co. be able to get it together and make Smith eat his words before season’s end?
Time will tell.