The short-handed Brooklyn Nets gave all they could against a mighty Philadelphia 76ers team, but ending up falling short 124-108. The Nets kept it close throughout two-and-a-half quarters, but the Sixers eventually went on a 14-0 to end the third quarter. The game was pretty much sealed by that point, and Nash didn’t even play Harden in the fourth quarter.
There was a lot of hype for James Harden going into this game considering the Nets were going to be without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Durant of course had to miss this game due to “violating” health and safety protocols. The Nets are going to be without Durant until Friday, with games against the Pistons and Pacers in that time period. Irving was out due to a right index finger sprain. It is unclear when Irving will return, but it looks like he is traveling with the team to Detroit.
Nets Kept in Competitive Early, Collapse Late
Again, this game was basically two halves. The Nets were competitive and kept the game close throughout the first two quarters, but collapsed late in the third. Harden’s performance was pretty underwhelming if we’re being completely honest. He wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the dominating performance most of us expected him to have.
On the bright side, maybe this game will finally be a turning point for Landry Shamet. The guard has obviously had his struggled so far this season, but he played well in this game. Shamet scored a season-high 22 points, while knocking down 5 threes. A confident Shamet could be another x-factor for the Nets, considering how lethal this team is already when it comes to offense. This was a game he desperately needed.
Other than that, there really weren’t too many other notable things that happened in this game for Brooklyn. Norvel Pelle looked alright in his Nets debut, but he is still a work in progress. The Nets were simply out-talented in this game against Philadelphia. Joel Embiid put up his usual monster stats, Tobias Harris had a double-double, Ben Simmons almost had a triple-double. These are things you expected in this game. Something that was eye-popping was the Sixers having 7 players in double-figures, including all 5 starters. This Philadelphia team is no joke and the Nets better realize that defense needs to start becoming a focal point going forward.
Upcoming Game for the Nets
The Nets will have 2 off days coming up, with Sunday and Monday off, but will right back at it in Detroit on Tuesday. The Pistons are currently the worst team in the Eastern Conference, but we all know how this Nets team plays against below .500 teams. Hopefully the Nets will get Kyrie Irving back in time and won’t play down to their opponent. The game will be at 7:00 PM EST and of course will be broadcasted on YES Network.
Performances of Note
James Harden – 26 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds, 10-20 FG, 3-8 3PT, 3-4 FT, 29 minutes
Landry Shamet – 22 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 7-17 FG, 5-13 3PT, 3-3 FT, 33 minutes
Joe Harris – 14 points, 6-9 FG, 2-3 3PT, 22 minutes
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot – 13 points, 2 steals, 5-12 FG, 2-6 3PT, 33 minutes
Jeff Green – 10 points, 3-9 FG, 2-6 3PT, 29 minutes
Joel Embiid – 33 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 10-21 FG, 12-14 FT, 31 minutes
Tobias Harris – 21 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 10-16 FG, 32 minutes
Ben Simmons – 16 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, 7-10 FG, 35 minutes
Shake Milton – 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 6-13 FG, 27 minutes
Furkan Korkmaz – 13 points, 3 rebounds, 5-11 FG, 3-6 3PT, 23 minutes
Seth Curry – 11 points, 4 assists, 1 block, 4-11 FG, 2-3 3PT, 27 minutes
Danny Green – 11 points, 3 rebounds, 4-8 FG, 3-7 3PT, 26 minutes