NBA Opening Night – The First Reactions of Our Experts to the Lakers, Clippers, Warriors and Kevin Durant

The NBA is back. So is Kevin Durant.

It’s been more than 560 days since Durant last hit the field for an NBA game, but he wasted no time making his presence felt, scoring or assisting 10 of Brooklyn Nets’ top 13 points on a run. 125-99 opening of his former team, the Golden State Warriors.

It wouldn’t be much easier for Stephen Curry & Co.

On the other hand, it’s only been 71 days since the Los Angeles Lakers secured their 17th NBA championship, while the LA Clippers were humiliated in September. The Lakers are ready to repeat, and the Clippers are looking for a ransom.

Well, the only thing the Lakers repeated on Tuesday night was an opening loss of the season to the Clippers, as Paul George scored 33 points in a 116-109 victory.

Our ESPN insiders are looking at what matters most from the Nets’ demolition of the Warriors, including the best moments of Durant’s return and what the rest of the Eastern Conference should fear right now, while providing a perspective on the ring. Clippers night spoiler for the Lakers.