The Brooklyn Nets fight in January. They have lost 5 of their last 8 games and have fallen back from the top spot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. The team also didn’t have much time to rest between games. This week they played four games in five days. For Nets head coach Steve Nash, he’s just happy the long game is finally over.
“Part of us is glad to have this week behind us. Travel across the country and play four players in five nights. Time zones and late games. Early games and all that stuff, I felt a little bit for our guys trying to get some juice tonight,” Nash said after Thursday’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, per NetsDaily. “We didn’t play well. That’s definitely part of it and the boys played very well. It was difficult. You can just say it was a tough job for our boys with all the traveling and playing.
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Despite having their all-star point guard Kyrie Irving back (albeit on a part-time basis), the Nets have underperformed outside of their “Big 3.” With rivals like the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls all having 8-10 player rotations, Kyrie, James Harden and Kevin Durant alone won’t be enough to secure a championship for the Nets. According to Bleacher Report’s Jake L. Fischer, the Nets may be looking to divest one of their key offseason pickups.
The Nets are reportedly reviewing trade options for reserve point guard Jevon Carter. Brooklyn has $6.7 million and $11.5 million trade exceptions to play with,” Fischer wrote, per Bleacher Report.
During the season, Carter is averaging 2.8 points per game with 29.7% shots from the field and 28.8 shots from the three-point line.
Much like last season, this year’s Nets roster has been a complete rollercoaster ride. On Wednesday, they were in full force, beating the Eastern Conference-leading Bulls away. But in the second half of a Thursday back-to-back, Durant was dormant and Kyrie was unavailable because it was a home game. Harden has learned to accept that the Nets’ situation is peculiar and not likely to change anytime soon.
“It feels different when we have everyone there. Last night (in Chicago) was as it should be most of the time,” Harden said, per NetsDaily.
“We would like to have yesterday’s team in every game. And then, like I said last night, see where we can measure up, see where we can improve, see what we’re not good at, but it’s kind of hard to say because we’re different in every game have lineups.
Even without Irving and Durant, most people expected the Nets to be able to beat a 14-27 Thunder roster. They not only lost, they lost by a wide margin. These kinds of losses raise questions about the networks’ legitimacy as top contenders.
If Brooklyn is serious about fighting for the title this year, they’ll likely need to bring in another veteran player to deepen their rotation. With the trade deadline less than a month away, they are running out of time for it.
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