The numbers are stoopid.
The Nets proper now are ridiculous.
The NBA ought to be afraid, very afraid of that workforce from Brooklyn.
On Sunday, the Nets did the unthinkable. In beating the Clippers 112-108 in Los Angeles, Brookyln accomplished its five-game West Coast journey an ideal 5-0.
It was the Nets’ longest undefeated single journey in franchise historical past.
And get this: Kevin Durant, the finest participant on the workforce, didn’t even play in the ultimate 4 video games on the journey, sidelined with a left hamstring pressure.
Somehow, the Nets have been so good that it regarded like they didn’t even want KD in any respect.
On this Earth-shaking journey, they beat Golden State, Sacramento, Phoenix, and each Los Angeles groups.
The Nets have now gained six in a row and eight straight towards the Western Conference — one other franchise mark.
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They are now 14-1 when main after three quarters. They are 11-1 towards groups over .500 — by far, the finest mark in the league. And they are now 6-1 towards the NBA’s elite — Lakers, Clippers, Jazz, Bucks, and Sixers. The solely loss occurred on the backend of a back-to-back towards the 76ers. In that sport, Irving and KD didn’t play.
“We’re a very confident team and that continues to grow,” Nets guard James Harden informed ESPN after the sport. “We just have to keep going.”
Until additional discover, the Nets are the Harlem Globetrotters and the remainder of the NBA resembles the Washington Generals.
Pooh-pooh all of it you need. Act is that if it doesn’t matter as a result of it’s just the common season, it’s just February. You can hear Laker homers say, “It isn’t even the All-Star break yet.”
Those naysayers are the identical individuals who mentioned that this three-headed monster would by no means work when the Nets bought Harden in that blockbuster commerce with the Houston Rockets.
The cry from many first was that there was just one ball they usually wouldn’t have the ability to co-exist. There can be bickering and in-fighting between Durant, Harden, and Kyrie Irving.
Then the louder cry was that they couldn’t win as a result of they don’t play protection. After all, it’s protection that wins championships. At least, that’s how the cliche goes.
Wrong once more.
The Nets don’t should be the 2004 Detroit Pistons to win a title. With the guidelines in place the place you’ll be able to’t even contact a participant, it’s arduous to cease proficient gamers. Offense guidelines the sport now.
All the Nets should do is get a couple of key stops in the playoffs and stick with their man, and make them work some for his or her baskets.
And don’t look now, the protection has improved as they’re in the prime 20 now, not lifeless final.
The Nets made a press release to the NBA with this appropriate for framing West Coast swing.
The Clippers will inform you.
They have been coming off an enormous win over the Western Conference-leading Utah Jazz Friday night time. By doing so, the Clippers ended the Jazz’s nine-game win streak.
The Clippers, who had the second-best mark in the West, tied the sport late at 108, however the Nets scored the ultimate 4 factors to win on Sunday.
Granted, the Lakers have been with out Anthony Davis. But the Nets didn’t have their finest participant, both. And nonetheless, the Nets wouldn’t be denied on Friday, holding the Lakers below 100 factors regardless of LeBron James’ 32.
On Tuesday night time, the Nets stopped the Phoenix Suns’ six-game win streak and did it after falling behind 23 factors at the half. The Nets had a 40-point fourth quarter and held the Suns to just 24 fourth-quarter factors, holding Devin Booker scoreless in that ultimate quarter.
In that win, KD and Irving sat out. Incredible.
Moving ahead, it’s arduous to imagine this workforce gained’t get even higher as time goes on. Thus far, the Nets’ Big Three have solely performed seven video games collectively. They are 6-1 in these video games.
Plus, there’s an opportunity the Nets will add a giant man and defender to the squad as different groups fall out of competition and are keen to commerce items for draft picks.
The Nets are already arduous to beat. Come playoff time, it will likely be virtually not possible for them to not win.