The NBA is finally back. Tonight, the Brooklyn Nets will take on the Golden State Warriors at the Barclays Center. The game is set to tip off at 7:00 P.M.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are coming off of a really bad season in which they weren’t close to contending, finishing the season 15-50.
Injuries claimed both Klay Thompson and Steph Curry for most of last season. Unfortunately, only one of the “Splash Brothers” is to return healthy. Klay Thompson tore his Achilles at practice and will miss the rest of the season.
In his absence, the Golden State Warriors acquired shooting guard/small forward Kelly Oubre Jr. Oubre produced a solid preseason by picking up his teammates’ bad shots and being active on the boards.
Don’t expect to see Draymond Green tonight as he is dealing with a right foot strain.
Presently, rookie center James Wiseman is set to make his rookie debut tonight. However, no one knows if he’ll crack the starting lineup.
The Warriors should be back as contenders this season with the return of Curry. But how far can they go in a packed Western Conference with no Klay Thompson? Can Kelly Oubre fill Klay Thompson’s shoes?
This is a very crucial year for the Brooklyn Nets. The team hired a new coach in NBA legend Steve Nash and now will see Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in the same lineup for the first time in Brooklyn. Durant and Irving showed in the preseason they still have the mojo. Notably, Durant is making his Nets debut against his former team, the Golden State Warriors.
The Nets had a quiet free agency outside of re-signing heralded three-point shooter Joe Harris to a four-year/$75 million. His impact looms large on the team.
Towards the end of last season, Caris LeVert opened some eyes and looked really improved. I personally believe this is LeVert’s shot to become a possible third star, thanks to his play in the NBA bubble.
Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie, and DeAndre Jordan return to the team as valuable role players. Luckily, Brooklyn hasn’t budged in giving up their young supporting cast to trade for a disgruntled James Harden. The young cast is way too important to a team with championship hopes ahead of them.
It doesn’t look there are concerns for Steve Nash as he heads into his rookie season as a coach. He is surrounded by veteran coaches in Mike D’Antoni and Jacque Vaughn. He also has former teammate Amar’e Stoudemire to accommodate him.
Fans can’t wait to see the on-court chemistry from Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Can they mesh and lead their team to the Finals?