Kevin Durant And The Nets Are In TROUBLE | Kyrie Irving Destroying Anoth...

As we move along into the rest of the NBA season, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets are two teams that will be abundantly talked about. This is almost entirely due to the blockbuster trade involving Ben Simmons and James Harden. It is a popular belief that the Nets walked away having won that trade, but that’s still up for discussion. The one thing that hardly anybody seems to be talking about is the Nets’ foreseeable future. It appears that their next 10 games – at the very least- won’t be all clear skies and sunshine as many people believe. 

Upcoming Games
For starters, let’s take a look at the next 10 games on the Brooklyn Nets’ schedule:

2/24 – vs. Boston Celtics

2/26 – @ Milwaukee Bucks 

2/28 – vs. Toronto Raptors

3/1 – @ Toronto Raptors

3/3 – vs. Miami Heat

3/6 – @ Boston Celtics 

3/8 – @ Charlotte Hornets

3/10 – @ Philadelphia 76ers

3/13 – vs. New York Knicks 

3/15 – @ Orlando Magic

Out of these 8 teams, 6 of them have records above .500. So far this season the Nets are 15-19 vs teams over .500 via ClutchPoints. This is problem #1 as they go on to play 7 games against teams above .500 over their next 10 games. 

They will also be playing roughly half of these games without Kyrie Irving, which brings me to my next point. 

Kyrie Irving
Another huge problem on the Brooklyn Nets’ agenda is Kyrie Irving. Due to his vaccination status, he is only eligible to play in 9 out of their 23 remaining games. This is assuming that the vaccine mandate doesn’t get lifted in New York. Kyrie has been playing at a high level since his return, but those 14 games could decide a lot in terms of their outcome this season. 

The Nets acquired many new pieces over the last couple weeks that could be of use towards the end of the season. As of right now they just look like a group of role-players without Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons. Kyrie can only do so much with this group especially when he’s out half of the time. In 14 games with Kyrie this season, the Nets have a 4-10 record, so there’s no definite success with just him playing. This is largely due to the absence of Kevin Durant over the last month or so, which could last for a little while longer. 

Kevin Durant
As crazy as it sounds, Kevin Durant is a massive problem for the Brooklyn Nets. It isn’t exactly Durant himself that’s the issue, but more so his absence. Around a month ago the All-Star captain suffered an MCL sprain mid-game. Durant has been out ever since and this has had a severe impact on the Nets.

The Nets have played without Durant in 23 games this season and will likely play at least 10 more before he’s back. Out of those 23 games, the Nets have only won 7 of them. It still remains unclear as to when Durant will return because there’s no timetable as of right now. They remain optimistic, and their hope was for Durant to return shortly after the All-Star break. With hardly any recent updates, it’s hard to tell when we could see him on the court again. 

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