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The Enes Kanter Show: Kanter sounds off on Kevin Durant for OKC remarks

The Enes Kanter Show: Kanter sounds off on Kevin Durant for OKC remarks

Enes Kanter didn't take too kindly to Kevin Durant's remarks about his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder.

During a recent appearance on "All The Smoke" with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Durant said he "didn't play with a lot of skilled guys" during his time with OKC.

“I was tired of playing in that system," Durant said. "I was tired of having to be the only guy that can make threes, make jump shots — consistently make them.”

That drew the ire of Kanter, who responded to those comments on Twitter.

In this week’s episode of The Enes Kanter Show, Boston’s big man went into more depth with host Chris Forsberg about why he is so displeased with his ex-teammate.

Let's talk about the facts. That playoff series, you (Durant) were seventh on the team in 3-point shooting percentage. That's one.

Second, you said 'no skilled players,' right? You played with Russell Westbrook, MVP of the league. You played with James Harden. You played with Serge Ibaka. You played with defenders like Andre Roberson. You played with Steven Adams. Me and Dion Waiters were coming off the bench.

This is what I will say, if you were like the leader that people were talking about, if you were the player that people have been talking about, you don't quit. You know? You don't just quit. You just go out there and try and make your team better.

That is my thing, you know? Like look what happened to Russell Westbrook. He was just like, 'OK this is my team now, this is all on my shoulders, and I'm going to try to carry this team as far as it goes.' We did our best, we made the playoffs that year again, and we lost in the first round. But like, hey, we fought through it.

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Durant won't play for the Nets this season as he continues to recover from his Achilles injury. When he does return, he'll form a fearsome duo with ex-C's guard Kyrie Irving.

Kanter knows the Celtics-Nets rivalry will be worth the price of admission, and then some, once Durant and Irving are playing together against Boston at TD Garden.

"That'll be wild," Kanter said. "I'm probably going to sell those tickets for like 1,000 bucks each."

Also discussed on the show was Kanter's excitement to not be moved at the trade deadline, the frustrating officiating during C's-Rockets, and much more. You can listen to the new episode of The Enes Kanter Show on YouTube or your favorite podcasting app.

Celtics-Pacers simulation: Can Kemba Walker, C's keep up their hot streak?

Celtics-Pacers simulation: Can Kemba Walker, C's keep up their hot streak?

The NBA season has been put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis, meaning we have to wait a while to watch the Boston Celtics again.

As a way to make up for the loss of Celtics action, we'll be using the NBA 2K20 video game to simulate each game on the schedule until they finally return.

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The Celtics were supposed to take on the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. Here's how our simulation of that game went:

CELTICS STATS

Kemba Walker (28 points) and Gordon Hayward (19 points) carried the load offensively in what ended up being one of the lowest-scoring games for the Celtics in their past few simulations, which just goes to show how on fire they've been. They shined on the defensive end, tallying eight total steals and eight blocks.

With the game pretty much in hand, the C's second unit played for the entire fourth quarter. Rookie Romeo Langford was solid in his 12 minutes, contributing nine points, a steal, and an assist.

PACERS STATS

This was a disastrous offensive performance by the Pacers as they were unable to get any semblance of momentum throughout the contest. Malcolm Brogdon struggled from the field but was able to get nine of his 17 points from the free-throw line. Domontas Sabonis was the only real bright spot as he shot 7-for-10 from the field for 16 points while bringing down nine rebounds.

TEAM STATS

All you need to do is look at the field goal percentages and 3-point percentages (ZERO for Indiana!) to figure out what happened here. Boston dominated in pretty much every other major category too, despite possessing the ball for nine minutes less than the Pacers.

FINAL SCORE: Celtics 101, Pacers 77

Four games remain in the NBA 2K Celtics' regular-season schedule as they ride a 12-game win streak into their matchup vs. the Orlando Magic. Can they extend the streak to 13? Check back Friday to find out.

Celtics Talk Podcast: Mike Gorman debates the best trades in C's history

Celtics Talk Podcast: Mike Gorman debates the best trades in C's history

With no Boston Celtics basketball on the docket for a while due to the coronavirus pandemic, there's no better time to reminisce on some of the greatest moves in the team's history.

NBC Sports Boston's longtime Celtics play-by-play voice Mike Gorman joined the latest Celtics Talk Podcast to discuss the best trades the organization has made. Of course, the ones for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen that formed the "Big Three" immediately come to mind. But to Gorman, the best deal in franchise history is a no-brainer.

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Gorman's No. 1 Celtics trade ever is the one that brought the great Bill Russell to Boston.

When Red [Auerbach] got Russell -- I mean, when you pull off a trade where you get three Hall of Famers in the first round of the draft, 'cause K.C. Jones was on the tail end of that and nobody talks about him. Tommy [Heinsohn] was the rookie of the year. And you get Bill Russell, who goes on to win 11 championships and is MVP five times.

That's got to be the best trade ever for Ed Macauley who was a good player but certainly not a great player. And Cliff Hagan who was a good player but not a great player. Neither one of those guys was going to do anything anywhere near what Bill Russell did to the Celtics. I think the Russell trade has to be the best trade maybe in the history of sports.

The runner-up? That would be the deal 40 years ago that landed Hall of Famers Robert Parish and Kevin McHale.

Again, it was a situation where Red traded and ended up with two Hall of Famers and gave up Joe Barry Carroll whose whole career was a massive disappointment. You would have thought that no one would deal with Red again [after the Russell trade] ... But yeah, to get Kevin McHale and Robert Parish in a draft, and both of them end up going to the Hall of Fame, and you gave up a guy again who had a marginal career ... 

Gorman also discussed what he's been up to in quarantine, as well as what the Celtics' ceiling is if/when the season resumes.

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