The Nets early-season struggles continued today as they fell to the Thunder 129-116. Brooklyn once again falls back under .500 as they are now 5-6. The Nets desperately need Kyrie Irving back, who has missed the last five games for personal reasons. Although the Nets offense got hot early on, the Nets fell utterly flat in the second half.
First Half Fireworks for Nets
If you looked at the Nets in the first quarter and then looked at them as the game went on, you wouldn’t believe that you were watching the same team. Caris LeVert and Kevin Durant each logged ten first-quarter points as the offense looked fired up right from the jump. Jarrett Allen would also contribute, adding eight in the first. The crime was moving, and the defense was playing with the fire and drive that Net fans had come to expect from them over the last few games. Brooklyn would hold a 41-29 lead after the first quarter, and they looked like they would cruise to a comfortable victory. However, a basketball game is four quarters, not one.
Although the Nets didn’t play as well in the second, they still could take the lead into the half. However, the Thunder seemed to be one step ahead. Durant would only log four points in the second quarter while LeVert and Harris lead the Nets in the second, scoring five points each. If this isn’t a preview of what’s to come in this game, I don’t know what is. The Nets were outscored 28-26 in the second quarter and carried a 63-57 lead into the half.
Nets Implode in Second
The Nets imploded in the second half. Everything that could go wrong went wrong for the Nets in the second half. The third quarter of this game was the Brooklyns worst quarter of the entire season. Brooklyn was outscored 37-18. Brooklyn shot 7/20 from the field, 1/10 from three, and turned the ball over five times in the quarter. The Nets would trail 13 points going into the fourth, the same amount the Nets would lose by.
The Hot Hand
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had his way with Brooklyn tonight, scoring 31 points, six rebounds, and seven assists. SGA has exceeded many NBA fan’s expectations so far this season. Al Horford also looked like his old self tonight, logging 22 points, six rebounds, and three assists. However, there was one bright spot for Brooklyn tonight in the form of Kevin Durant. Durant didn’t miss a step despite his three-game absence due to contact tracing. Durant logged 36 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists.
Kyrie Irving needs to come back. I don’t know where he is, but he needs to go back as soon as possible if Brooklyn wants to go anywhere. Bruce Brown played two minutes before garbage time. Steve Nash needs to figure out his rotation as quickly as possible. The Nets have three games this week. They have the Nuggets Tuesday, the Knicks Wednesday, and the Magic Saturday. The Nets need to rebound. If this team is going to contend, changes need to be made soon.