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NEW YORK — Ahead of the Nets‘ season opener against the Warriors, Golden State coach Steve Kerr sat down to watch some film of his former player Kevin Durant. He pulled up Brooklyn’s preseason game against Boston and took in Durant’s first competitive play since tearing his Achilles in June of 2019.
“I didn’t know what to expect given that it’s been really a year and a half since his last game,” Kerr said. “But I could not tell one difference between seeing him 18 months ago and seeing him the other night.”
Durant has stayed away from making any sweeping edicts, but Kerr got a front-row seat to Durant’s dominance on Tuesday as he put up 22 points in a 125-99 victory against his former team.
And this time, it wasn’t a preseason warm-up.
“I think we had a solid first start,” Durant said after the game. “So we want to build on it. I was looking forward to coming out here and getting a ‘W,’ and I was glad we were able to come out and finish the job.”
Durant drained midrange jumpers over Andrew Wiggins, elevated for one-handed slams, threaded