The Brooklyn Nets come into this week with a less than ideal situation. Kevin Durant will not be able to rejoin the team until Friday as he was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID. Kyrie Irving’s status coming into the week is also a question after missing Saturday’s game vs the Sixers with a swollen thumb. With these uncertainties, this upcoming week will be a challenge. After disappointing back-to-back losses to the Raptors and Sixers, the Nets look to bounce back this week starting off with a favorable matchup versus the Pistons, and then the Pacers and Warriors to finish off the week.
With or without Kyrie Irving, this is a must-win for the Nets. The Pistons are the worst team in the league record-wise and have one of the weakest rosters in the entire NBA. Jerami Grant has been their main scorer all season, but besides him, Detroit doesn’t have much to work with. The Nets have lost multiple games this season to teams far below .500, so they have to come into this game ready to play. After a few days off, this should be the perfect game for the Nets to get back to the basics and play their style of basketball, bringing that same energy they did versus the Clippers last week.
On the second night of a back to back the Nets take on a very well rounded Indiana Pacers team. The Pacers can hit you many different ways, from behind the arc with Malcolm Brogdon to destroying teams inside with Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner. This will be a real test for the Nets defensively, having to focus on so many different weapons the Pacers have. Look for this to be an offensive showcase with both teams shooting the ball well. A win here would be a great one for the Nets against a really solid Pacers team in order to help the Nets get back on track.
The Nets finish off their week versus Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors may not look that intimidating when you see their roster, but many of their guys this year have actually been playing quite well. While Steph Curry is the heart and soul of the team, guys like Andrew Wiggins, Damion Lee, and Kelly Oubre have really stepped up with Klay Thompson’s absence. The Nets will definitely have their hands full, but most importantly, they must not let Curry get out of control. With Kevin Durant back this game, his first game against the Warriors since leaving, the Nets should steadily win this game due to their sheer advantage in offensive talent. However, one can never underestimate a Steph Curry led team.
While on paper this looks like one of the Nets’ easier weeks, these teams must be taken seriously. The Pistons just put up a fight against the Lakers that went to double overtime, and the Pacers and Warriors have been hit with injuries and yet still have been really solid this year. The Nets desperately need to string together some wins to get back on track, as they currently only sit 3 games above .500. Consistency is what every Nets fan has been waiting for this season, and hopefully, we get some of that this week.