What a game that was! The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 125-123 in the best game of this young season. The Kevin Durant and James Harden duo both had dynamic games as they led the Nets to their most important win of the season so far. Durant continues his streak of consecutive 25+ points games, which is up to 10 straight games now. Harden became the first-ever Nets player to have 30+ points and 10+ assists in the first two games as a new player.
Nets Offense is Dynamic
While the Nets struggled defensively once again, their offense continues to overshadow that. The Nets shot nearly 55 percent from the field as a team and 48 percent from three. They drilled 15 threes in this game against Milwaukee as well.
The key role players had their time to shine in this game too. Joe Harris continues to shoot lights-out from three draining 5 threes and hitting a key shot late. Jeff Green had a strong game himself knocking down 4 threes. Their floor spacing will become key for this team going forward.
DeAndre Jordan had one of his better games of the season picking up his first double-double of the season. He still looks a bit lackadaisical on the court which is going to have to change soon. Throughout the game, Jordan continues to ball watch and not contest shots. If the Nets want to have any sort of competent defense this season Jordan needs to start giving 100 percent. Again, he looked better in this game but there still some concerns.
Who’s Going to Become the Primary Playmaker for the Nets?
The Nets had 26 assists in this very promising game. Kyrie Irving is expected to return soon and it will be very interesting to see who’s going to run point guard. Harden himself has had 26 assists through two games with the Nets with a primary focus on playmaking. When Irving returns Harden might be running the point.
The Nets offense already looks dynamic without Kyrie Irving, but implementing him in could lead to all-time great results. Irving has shown to be an extremely effective off-ball player, so Steve Nash is going to have to make some more interesting decisions. Irving as the third option on offense will be intriguing, to say the least.
Upcoming Game for the Nets
The Brooklyn Nets will be off tomorrow but will be right back at it on Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Nets will play a back-to-back against the Cavs in Cleveland as the league tries to control the spread of coronavirus. Brooklyn will see two familiar faces as opponents in Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince on this two-game road trip. It will be quite emotional for us Nets fans.
Again the first game will be on Wednesday and will start at 7:00 PM EST. There’s a good chance Kyrie Irving may play, but there are still no guarantees. You can catch the game on YES Network.
Performances of Note:
James Harden – 34 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds, 13-25 FG, 3-10 3PT, 5-6 FT, 41 minutes
Kevin Durant – 30 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks, 10-21 FG, 2-4 3PT, 8-9 FT, 36 minutes
Joe Harris – 20 points, 6 rebounds, 7-12 FG, 5-7 3PT, 37 minutes
Jeff Green – 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5-6 FG, 4-5 3PT, 37 minutes
DeAndre Jordan – 12 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 6-6 FG, 38 minutes
Giannis Antetokounmpo – 34 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 13-26 FG, 2-6 3PT, 6-8 FT, 40 minutes
Khris Middleton – 25 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 10-20 FG, 5-6 FT, 36 minutes
Jrue Holiday – 22 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 8-16 FG, 2-4 3PT, 4-4 FT, 37 minutes
Brook Lopez – 15 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 5-11 FG, 2-8 3PT, 3-4 3PT, 34 minutes