So it turns out that when you put three elite players together in their offenses, the result is some elite basketball.
The Nets’ grand experimentation in a court-court in combination with Carrie Irving, Kevin Durant and James Harden. But at half-time of the season, the Nets may be the team most feared in the league. They 10–1 in their final 11 matches. And since 17-7 Trade to harden In January.
In some ways, it is a challenge for the Nets to draw any lasting conclusions from the first half, in the same way it would be to assess Thanos’ powers in Marvel universe films as soon as possible. They are not fully formed.
The most shocking data point is that the Nets have barely scratched the surface of their super trio. Durant, Irving and Harden have only played together Seven gamesAs a result of nervousness and rest. The Nets are 5-2 in those games. One of those losses – a close one against the Toronto Raptors – was with Durant getting off the bench.
The trio are playing some of the best basketball of their careers, and they have barely been able to do it together. It is possible that separating is what allowed them to throw. Nevertheless, the nets are the only one Half game behind Philadelphia For the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Nets are the title favorite right now. In recent history, many Most Valuable Player Award winning candidates have won titles (Durant-era Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat led by LeBron James). And a valid argument should be made that all three are the most talented threesome in NBA history.
Here’s a look at what to expect from the Nets in the second half of the season and what they have done so far.
Rich, as always, can be rich
The way championships are perceived by the public (and media) to legitimize a player’s career encourages talented players to join already talented teams, even those from lesser roles. As well. It often shows itself at middeason when productive players buy in and take on contenders to try to chase a championship.
The trade deadline is 25 March. The two players on the Nets’ radar are definitely Andre Drummond of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are on track to become one. One of the greatest reflectors in league history, And Blake Griffin of the Detroit Pistons, who is One season removed One of his best years. The Pistons announced on Friday that they had reached a purchase agreement with Griffin, and the same could happen for Drummond in Cleveland.
The Nets are likely to be serious contenders for their services, and other players who can move forward due to their age and their team’s preferences, such as O’Horford and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s George Hill. The Thunder are in the midst of a youth movement.
The Nets are in a situation where they don’t have to give up. They just have to be patient. (And even if they wanted to, they don’t really have many attractive business pieces, especially with Spencer Dinwiddie injured.)
A Happy Harden Is Sad News For Opponents
In Harden’s eight matches with the Houston Rockets this season, it was clear that he was not putting in the effort. He was often jogging, uninvited in crime and otherwise dull.
But it goes to show you: sometimes petulant pays. In Brooklyn, Harden is inspired and, as a result, exceptional. In 23 games, Harden is Average 11.4 assists (For a career high pace and leading the league), shooting 49.7 percent from the field and 42.2 percent on 3-pointers. Harden would be a top MVP candidate right now, if not for the stellar games of Irving and Durant.
He flowed the ball seamlessly with Irving, often creating easy opportunities not only for role players, but also for Irving, who was accomplished in the role of a shooting guard.
The Nets have had since the Harden trade League’s best offense, All without the team stars playing too much together.
And it’s not surprising for a team with Harden and Irving, but the Nets have Top of the league in isolation. When you have a lot of elite scorers, as coach Steve Nash does, you have a chance to get them to work and break a stronghold one-by-one.
What to watch with Harden, will his conditioning lead to a fall later in the season. But for the first time in a long time, Harden wouldn’t expect to commit the entire crime by himself, so it doesn’t matter.
Nets Defense is Bad – and that’s OK?
Before Harden’s arrival, the Nets Was 13th in defense. Not great, but above average. With Harden, the team’s defense Tanked, 26th all the way, among the worst in the league. Even on the Nets’ recent 10–1 stretch, the defense was still below average.
Some of this can be inflicted on injuries. Durant is the team’s most versatile defender, and he has missed nearly half the season and has not taken the floor since February 13 due to a left-handed stretch.
So can a team with poor defense win the championship? Yes actually. But it is rare.
The Nets will start the second half with a fairly soft schedule: 11 of their first 20 matches Below will be against teams. Four of the other 500 contests are against the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Knicks, with three teams having around 500.
The Nets’ Big Three should be able to use this time at the expense of less talented teams.
The role players is getting it done
It’s easy to get everyone’s attention on the stars, but General Manager Sean Marks has also gathered a solid surrounding cast.
Jeff Green, 34 years old, The deal is done. He has started 16 of his 33 games this season and averaged 9.5 points per game at a career 50.7 field-goal percentage. And he is also shooting 42.2 percent from 3, which is necessary to take the pressure off the Nets’ main scorer. He is the kind of player who knows his limits and rarely makes mistakes. Green has also played 72 playoff games under his belt, including the journey to the finals – experiences that should come in handy in the spring.
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Bruce Brown has been a revelation for the Nets, both as a starter and otherwise. He is averaging 8.6 points per game and shooting 59 percent. In his final six matches, he is averaging 18 points, which has helped fill Durant’s absence. He dropped a career-high 29 points against the Sacramento Kings on February 23.