The Brooklyn Nets’ struggles in the way of finishing games continue. The Brooklyn Nets have been playing amazing offense, statistically the best in the league since the Harden trade, but now they have had the worst defense since the trade. The Nets have had struggles throughout their last games which are largely due to Steve Nash’s incompetence, and his refusal to call timeouts and change rotations. Iman Shumpert has also joined the Nets roster to help with the defensive woes. The Nets, although struggling, haven’t had many games with their big three because of KD’s Achilles injury and Harden’s recent spell with injury. The Nets bench hasn’t looked too great, but Bruce Brown continues to be a threat offensively and defensively. Kevin Durant continues to play at an MVP level, averaging 30.9 points per game with Harden leading the 2nd unit and Kyrie’s efficient mid range game. Away from the superstar play of the big three, Joe Harris has been hitting his stride from deep, shooting 50% from three since January 23. Since January 19th, the Nets have posted a record of 5-3, with a tough OT loss to the Cavaliers and a high scoring affair with the Wizards. However, on February 2, the Brooklyn Nets won a hard-fought contest against the powerhouse LA Clippers, with Kyrie Irving posting 39 points and James Harden notching a triple-double. Kevin Durant had 29 points of his own. In the coming weeks, the Nets need to step up their defensive game and learn how to play their units more effectively on that side of the floor. If they can nail this down, they will easily be the championship favorites.
By, Matthew Pastier