As the NBA season comes to a close the Brooklyn Nets‘ objective has gone from winning games to gearing up for a deep playoff run. With that said professional athletes will never throw a game. The Nets came out like a pack of crazed dogs as a full team effort pushed them past the Spurs. This win secured a sweep of the season series against San Antonio by a convincing score of 128-116.
Harden Lends a Helping Hand
James Harden returned to action for the first time in five weeks and it looked as of he never left. Although he played with a bit of a minutes restriction Hardens’ play didn’t look rusty at all. He scored at an efficient clip and made his trademarked pinpoint passes setting up his teammates. Harden is obviously an elite player and he does many things well however, he has taken his game to another level since coming to Brooklyn and he has proven to be one of if not the most important players in the Nets.
Durant Does it All
We all know how elite of a scorer Kevin Durant is but he did not bring his ridiculous offensive output in this one. Instead, Durant brought a well-rounded game that included rebounding and setting up his teammates to score. Despite Durant only scoring 14, the Nets as a team shot slightly over 60 percent from the field. That shows how well Durant and others were able to set up their teammates.
A Look Ahead
As the regular season comes to a close and the playoff picture comes into focus the Nets’ main focus has become staying healthy. That is something that they have struggled to do all season. It seems as if when one person comes back from injury two more go down. With the difference between being the 2 versus the three seed not being all that great, it is extremely possible that some of the Nets’ better players don’t play in the final two games. Kevin Durant and Joe Harris (who did not play tonight) are two players that come to mind. While these final two games against the Bulls and Cavaliers not caring that much weight we could see multiple players resting.