What a start to the 2020-21 season for the Brooklyn Nets! In Kevin Durant’s first official game with the Nets, he along with Kyrie Irving did not disappoint. The 7 x 11 duo as they are called, combined for 48 points on an impressive 17-32 shooting. Both players only played 25 minutes in the game as well, as the Nets led in blowout fashion for a majority of the contest. Durant looked great coming off his injury and Irving continues his early-season hot shooting.
Coming off the bench, Caris LeVert looked tremendous, putting up a near 20-point double-double. LeVert as the sixth man should definitely be the move for the Nets going forward. He has the freedom of being the primary ball-handler, which he wouldn’t have in the starting lineup. Spencer Dinwiddie on the other hand looked kind of out of place in the starting lineup. Us fans should still give him time to adjust, but it’s key that we see him improve his off-ball shooting going forward.
DeAndre Jordan has no reason to be starting games for this team, as he on numerous occasions did not contest three-point attempts. This has been a common theme for the Nets as his defense continues to decline. Jordan at this point in career is best coming off the bench in a backup center role. He can still rebound fairly well, but Jarrett Allen is clearly the best center on this team. This isn’t a one game overreaction either, as a good majority of Nets fans feel this way about Jordan. He only starts because he is best friends with Durant and Irving.
Overall, the Nets’ defense really stood out in this game, which was honestly quite surprising. Going into this game most of us probably thought there would be a high scoring affair for both teams. Brooklyn obviously dominated offensively, but the Warriors were kept to under 100 points. Stephen Curry was especially disappointing in this game, as he only scored 20 points on 33% shooting. Kelly Oubre and Andrew Wiggins both had lackluster performances as well.
In game one of a new era in Nets history, the dynamic duo of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving looked extremely promising. If this team can stay healthy and still establish more chemistry, they look like clear favorites in the Eastern Conference. Again, this was only game one out of 72, so a lot could still happen. It’s best not to overreact and still take it game-by-game.
The 125-99 victory over the Warriors is Nets’ first opening night victory since 2012, as the team moves to a quick 1-0 start. It’s important to note that Steve Nash also collected his first official win as an NBA head coach, so congrats to him. The Nets next game will be against the Celtics on Christmas Day, as Kyrie Irving makes his official return to Boston. The game will start at 5:00 PM EST and will be broadcasted on ABC.
Performances of Note:
Kyrie Irving – 26 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, 10-16 FG, 4-7 3PT, 25 minutes
Kevin Durant – 22 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 7-16 FG, 7-7 FT, 25 minutes
Caris LeVert – 20 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds, 6-17 FG, 3-5 3PT, 5-6 FT, 25 minutes
Spencer Dinwiddie – 9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2-6 FG, 4-4 FT, 20 minutes
Golden State Warriors:
Stephen Curry – 20 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds, 7-21 FG, 2-10 3PT, 4-4 FT, 30 minutes
James Wiseman – 19 points, 6 rebounds, 7-13 FG, 4-8 FT, 24 minutes
Andrew Wiggins – 13 points, 4-16 FG, 2-6 3PT, 3-4 FT, 31 minutes