Irving & Durant's Message On Nets 0-3 Comeback Chances Not Inspiring

The Brooklyn Nets are on the verge of being swept out of the playoffs, down 3-0 in their first round series to the Boston Celtics, and neither Kyrie Irving nor Kevin Durant are putting out very positive vibes about the Nets' chances of survival. 

When being asked about his experience coming back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals in 2016 while with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Irving refused to use that as inspiration for this Nets team.

"Being down 3-1 in the Finals was a totally different situation than what we're in right now. I don’t even want to compare it just out of respect to what that was for the teammates I had and the journey." In other words, 'this ain't no 2016 Cavs.'

“I can individually say, I did this, I did that," continued Kyrie. "But this is a team game. All I can do is show up tomorrow for film and get ready for Monday’s game.”

Durant didn't sound any more hopeful about his team's chances: "You know what it is. Down 3-0. We got another game on Monday. Just come out and play."

The former back-to-back NBA Finals MVP, Durant scored only 16 points in the Game 3 loss, after shooting just 4-for-17 in Game 2. As you can imagine, Stephen A. Smith did not hold anything in discussing Durant and the Nets' performance.

"Kevin Durant didn't show up at all... They looked outclassed, they look thoroughly, thoroughly out-coached... They are not coming back in this series. It is over."

NBA teams down 3-0 in a playoff series have gone 0-143 in those series. 

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