The basketball world has waited to see Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant take the floor together for the Brooklyn Nets.
We had a glimpse in the preseason but their regular-season debut made it official.
Brooklyn blew out the Golden State Warriors, Durant’s former team, 125-99 at home. Irving led with 26 points and Durant added 22.
Their individual stat totals don’t reflect what people saw. Durant is back from his Achilles injury in the 2019 NBA Finals looking exactly how he did before he went down — like the best player in the world.
Irving was up to no good as usual.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) December 23, 2020
Steve Kerr has already called them “scary for the league”.
Seeing the new duo in real action for the first time had Twitter reacting accordingly.
Nobody makes the game look easier than KD. Nobody makes it look more impossible thank Kyrie.
— Black Big Lebowski (@LaJethroJenkins) December 23, 2020
''KD and Kyrie wont work well together'' pic.twitter.com/4toM2Zr8Ma
— WOKE (@Being_wokes) December 23, 2020
Kyrie looks really, really good and healthy. Same with KD. Yeah, Nets are scurry.
— Esfandiar | Es (@JustEsBaraheni) December 23, 2020
Kevin Love even had to chime in.
Not even a quarter in and damn…KD and Kyrie gonna be something special to watch this year
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) December 23, 2020
It's more complicated than this and the KD/Kyrie fit is much cleaner, but having two guys who can completely compromise your opponent's defense is basically scheme-breaking, which is why I think Philly has to get a Harden deal done
— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) December 23, 2020
The firepower between Irving and Durant offensively is what makes their tandem impossible to predict.
Brooklyn was reportedly on the list of wishlist teams for Houston Rockets superstar James Harden in his recent request to be traded. It’s not yet clear if Harden and the Rockets are ready to move forward together.
The Nets are in a position to be the frontrunner in the Eastern Conference without the likes of Harden.