Brooklyn Nets suffer their third straight loss without Kevin Durant against the Spurs

NBA fans have dubbed the Brooklyn Nets “unwatchable” after losing their third straight game without Kevin Durant.

The Nets, also without Kyrie Irving due to a sore right calf, lost 106-98 to the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday night despite Ben Simmons coming on with a triple-double.

Brooklyn has now lost every game since Durant picked up an MCL in his right knee and strayed far from the pace of Eastern Conference leaders the Boston Celtics.

The Brooklyn Nets lost their third straight game without an injured Kevin Durant (above)

The Brooklyn Nets lost their third straight game without an injured Kevin Durant (above)

Fans pounced on the team, describing it as

Fans pounced on the team, describing it as “unwatchable” without Durant and Kyrie Irving

The three-game slip has fans fearing Brooklyn could face a repeat of last season and has already ruled themselves out of the championship fight.

One fan tweeted: “Ok. Now I’m starting to worry. Couldn’t you lose 100 points against the worst defensive team in the league? #Networks #NetWorld.’

“The Nets are now 3-0 since Kevin Durant went down injured,” added another. “I really hope this isn’t a repeat of last season.”

Meanwhile, one NBA fan eliminated the team from the competition, arguing, “If you can’t even win a game without KD, that means the team isn’t a point-blank contender. It’s rightly so easy to understand. There is no type of analysis that can refute this.’

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The three-game slip has fans worried Brooklyn has already eliminated themselves from the competition

The three-game slip has fans worried Brooklyn has already eliminated themselves from the competition

“Networks in trouble without Kevin Durant, who must think his chances of winning the championship are slim with this squad,” said one.

Others rallied, claiming the team would be “unwatchable” without Durant, and some urged him to request another swap.

“I’m glad the Nets didn’t trade Durant/Irving…I didn’t get to watch this every night,” one fan wrote.

Another echoed her thoughts, adding: “The nets without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are not to be seen.”

“Hope @KDTrey5 requests a trade again,” chimed in another. “I will be right by his side and support him.”

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While some were grateful Durant was still in Brooklyn, others urged him to apply for a trade

While some were grateful Durant was still in Brooklyn, others urged him to apply for a trade

However, others claimed that the impact of Durant’s absence on the team only proved that he deserved to be named MVP.

“GSW WITHOUT Steph and Wiggins have moved up several spots in seeding,” one fan began. “Same goes for Bucks WITHOUT Giannis and Middleton.

“The Nets can’t win a single game without Kevin Durant. 0-3 since he was injured and now they are 5th in the east when he had them 2nd overall in the NBA. He’s the MVP.’

Another agreed, posting: “Proving @KDTrey5 deserves the MVP more and more with every game he misses.”

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Others claimed that the effects of Durant's absence proved he deserved the MVP title

Others claimed that the effects of Durant’s absence proved he deserved the MVP title

Keldon Johnson had a career-high 34 points and 10 rebounds and Jeremy Sochan added 16 points to help the San Antonio Spurs score a five-game sled over the injury-hit Brooklyn Nets.

Johnson was 11 for 26 from the field, including two key baskets in the fourth quarter. He hit a 3-pointer after a missed 3 from Seth Curry and put the Spurs ahead 87-82. Possession after Nic Claxton blocked his dunk attempt, Johnson threw a one-handed dunk for an 89-82 lead.

Simmons had a triple-double of 10 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for Brooklyn in the opener of a five-game journey. TJ Warren added 19 points and Claxton had 15 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and four assists.

Ben Simmons had a triple-double of 10 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for Brooklyn

Ben Simmons had a triple-double of 10 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for Brooklyn

A flare midway through the second quarter between Markieff Morris and Sochan briefly triggered the nets. Sochan held three fingers near Morris’ face after dumping a 3-pointer that gave San Antonio a 39-34 lead with 5:20 at halftime.

The veteran of the nets verbally let the rookie know it wasn’t appreciated and then shouldered Sochan in the chest on subsequent possession. The play resulted in an offensive and technical foul on Morris, as well as a Flagrant 1 foul on Sochan, which dragged Morris onto the field.

Brooklyn went on a 15-3 run after dusting, erasing another sluggish start.

The second quarter saw a flare-up between Markieff Morris and Jeremy Sochan

The second quarter saw a flare-up between Markieff Morris and Jeremy Sochan

That momentum stalled in the third quarter as the Nets were outplayed 25-17 during that period.

The Nets were scoreless for four minutes after Simmons scored the game’s opening basket with a driving hook shot after 23 seconds. Simmons opened the game 2 to 5 after a series of spin moves and drives with most of his shots rolling over the edge.

San Antonio raced to a 23-9 lead, helped by Brooklyn’s six turnovers.

San Antonio led Brooklyn 27-15 after the first quarter. It was the fewest points scored by a Spurs opponent in the first quarter of the season. The previous low was 23 points from Minnesota on Oct. 30. The networks were slowed down by seven turnovers.

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Maureen Mackey

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