What a win for the Brooklyn Nets! The Nets, who were without both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, somehow pulled out a victory against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers had the best record in the league coming into this game, as well as the number one ranked defense. The Nets led by Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, and Jarrett Allen took a lead early and never looked back. The game wasn’t even close for the majority of the game.
Outstanding Adjustments by Nets Coaching Staff
Ever since Steve Nash has implemented Bruce Brown into the starting lineup, the whole defensive mindset for the team has changed. The Nets actually look like they are trying to contest shots, which wasn’t always the case. Starting Jarrett Allen has helped this mightily as well. Giving Allen the majority of playing time over DeAndre Jordan has been smart as well.
Other than that, Joe Harris coming off the bench has also worked tremendously so far. He gives Brooklyn some much needed shooting off the bench, which hasn’t been that consistent so far. Harris had one of the best performances of his career in this game, scoring 28 points and knocking down six threes. He has now made at least one three in 69 consecutive games. That’s pretty nice!
Jeff Green has looked solid since being put in the starting lineup, and it’ll be curious to see whether he stays there. Durant at small forward should probably be the move going forward. It has always been his most natural position and will probably help him out defensively. Taurean Prince has been starting at the 3 in his absence.
If these adjustments tell you anything, it tells you that this team has depth. Steve Nash is able to switch players in and out of roles because of this luxury. The next-man-up mentality will define how the Nets face adversity this season.
Nets Took Advantage of a Team Coming Off a Back-to-Back
A Sixers team led by Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons this season has been tough to beat. Philadelphia won 5 straight games coming into this game, but the shorthanded Nets were still able to beat them. This was most likely due to the Sixers playing the second game of a back-to-back.
Embiid and Simmons both lacked energy for the majority of the game and Philly was only in it because of Shake Milton’s great game. Even with the Nets missing 10 free throws, they took advantage of a tired Sixers team. These are the exact type of games the Nets need to capitalize on to really succeed this season.
Upcoming Game for the Nets
Just like how the 76ers played back-to-back, the Brooklyn Nets will do the same tomorrow. They will head to Memphis to take on a Grizzlies team who have been decimated by injuries. Kyrie Irving is again not expected to travel with the team, so the Nets will again need to perform well in his absence. The game will start at 8:00 PM and will be broadcasted on YES Network. They will head back to Brooklyn after the game.
Performances of Note:
Joe Harris – 28 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 11-19 FG, 6-9 3PT, 30 minutes
Caris LeVert – 22 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 9-25 FG, 4-10 FT, 32 minutes
Jarrett Allen – 15 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 5-6 FG, 5-6 FT, 28 minutes
Jeff Green – 14 points, 4-7 FG, 2-5 3PT, 4-4 FT, 29 minutes
Taurean Prince – 13 points, 2 steals, 4-8 FG, 2-4 3PT, 3-3 FT, 22 minutes
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot – 9 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 3-8 FG, 2-7 3PT, 26 minutes
Shake Milton – 24 points, 7 assists, 8-13 FG, 7-7 FT, 36 minutes
Joel Embiid – 20 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 7-14 FG, 2-2 3PT, 4-5 FT, 30 minutes
Tobias Harris – 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 7-16 FG, 34 minutes
Tyrese Maxey – 16 points, 3 rebounds, 7-12 FG, 2-4 3PT, 21 minutes
Ben Simmons – 11 points, 4 rebounds, 4-13 FG, 3-4 FT, 32 minutes
Dwight Howard – 9 points, 12 rebounds, 4-6 FG, 15 minutes