The Brooklyn Nets are heading into the all-star break with the second seed in the east after going 9-1 in the last ten games. James Harden continues to make his case for MVP by helping the Nets go 5-0 on a grueling west coast trip with help from Kyrie Irving. The Nets backcourt has been on fire, with the duo combining for 54 points per game in their last ten games together. Kevin Durant’s absence due to injury has not slowed Brooklyn down one bit. Irving and Harden continue their all-star performances, but the Nets role players are chipping in as well. Nicolas Claxton has made his return playing in his third game he made a huge impact, from catching lobs from Harden to splitting defenders and giving Brooklyn someone who won’t back down defensively. Joe Harris’ insane three-point shooting continues as he is one of the best in the league from deep. Guard Bruce Brown has become a threat both offensively and defensively. He has also shown remarkable prowess from deep, and his rebounding skills are astounding for someone his size. Other role players are also beginning to find their role on the team like Landry Shamet and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, both of who have had streaky performances thus far. KD, Kyrie, and Harden all made the All-Star Game, and Durant was announced as a captain. Although he will not be playing in the game, he is still one of the most talked-about players, and an MVP favorite. KD has missed many games due to an issue with his hamstring and COVID protocols, but he should be 110% after the break. Things look good for Brooklyn right now as we finally head into those scary hours Harden has talked about. The Nets need to make sure they do not slip up after the break and keep the mentality that has made them a lethal team all season.
By Matthew Pastier