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Making statements. Thewent into Saturday night’s game hoping to get back on the winning side of things after an L on Thursday. They did that and then some with a win against the in front of the Barclays crowd. They’ll be on the road for the next few days so we’ll see how things shake out.
The opponent this afternoon will be the. It’s good to be home and for JB Bickerstaff and friends, and they’re riding high. They the on Saturday night and pushed their winning streak to four games. They’re right on the heels of the for first place in the Central Division, and hell, first place in the Eastern Conference! Shouts to them.
Kyrie Irving's return: Nets superstar to reportedly make season debut vs. Pacers
Kyrie Irving's debut comes less than three weeks after the franchise announced that he would be permitted to rejoin the team on a part-time basis.After missing the first 35 games of the season, Irving is expected to make his season debut when the Nets travel to take on the Pacers on Wednesday, Jan. 5, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Where to follow the game
YES Network on TV. WFAN on radio. Holiday special so the party’s getting started after 3 PM.
Kevin Durant left Saturday’s game with a left knee sprain. An MRIa sprained left MCL. Best guess is he’ll be out four to six weeks. Hope for the best for KD. Joe Harris is still out. LaMarcus Aldridge is still battling right foot soreness. He’s listed as probable. Nic Claxton has been dealing with a tight left hamstring and he’s listed as questionable. James Johnson missed Saturday with a non-COVID illness and he’s out today as well. Paul Millsap is out for personal reasons.
Rajon Rondo is out with right hamstring soreness. Ricky Rubio is out for the year with a left knee ACL tear. Collin Sexton is out for the year with a left knee meniscal tear. Lamar Stevens is questionable with left knee soreness.
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Brooklyn took gameand in November.
Without KD, theof the Nets grabbing the one seed are a bit longer, but you gotta keep fighting. That’s the life.
Road trip means we get Kyrie Irving all week. Irving has been OK in his return and has made a goal of getting to the rim more often. It’ll help with the spacing and get them more chances at the free throw line. Brooklyn is tops in the Association in free throw percentage and having a career 88 percent shooter from the stripe getting there five to six times a night would be a god send. The Cavs don’t foul very often (second lowest opponent free throw rate in the league) so it’ll be a challenge getting there.
As a guard of the future, Darius Garland is a pretty solid bet. In Year 3, the former lottery pick has stepped up to offset the loss of Sexton and is averaging almost 20 a night with an impressive .467/.370/.918 split. He does a good job attacking the basket and is finishing a lot better at the rim this year (62 percent on shots inside of three feet). Brooklyn will need to stay on him at the point of attack and do everything they can to stay in front of him.
Cavaliers executive Koby Altman gets extension, promotion
In 2019, Koby Altman became the first general manager to get a second deal from the Dan Gilbert-owned Cavaliers. © Provided by NBC Sports Now, Altman is getting another extension – and a promotion. Cavaliers release: The Cleveland Cavaliers and Koby Altman have reached an agreement on a new long-term contract extension, it was announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Altman will also take on the title of President of Basketball Operations effective immediately. Altman doesn’t have a great track record overall.
We’ll get a chance to see the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year. Evan Mobley has adjusted to the NBA game pretty quickly and has averaged 15 points, eight rebounds, and almost two blocks a night in 34 minutes a game. He’s helped the Cavs to the third best defense in the league (by defensive rating) and the best rim protection as well. Finishing over and around the kid will be a tall task for Brooklyn this afternoon.
Brooklyn’s rookies have made names for themselves as well. Cam Thomas poured in 20 off the bench and even hit a catch and shoot three pointer. Thomas becoming a respectable three point shooter will push his game to new heights. We’ve seen that he can get to his spots on the court, can attack downhill and is a pretty decent scorer already. A lot will be placed on his young shoulders, but he’s ready for it. Kessler Edwards is establishing himself as a capable spot up option and rangy defender that makes life hell on opponents. He still has to avoid falling for pump fakes, but he’s young with plenty of energy and has stepped in and acquitted himself well. More will be asked of them, but the kids are.
Why do Grizzlies, Hawks always play NBA games on MLK Day?
While plenty of NBA teams will be taking the floor on MLK Day, the holiday holds a special significance for the Grizzlies and Hawks. NBA League Pass: Sign up to unlock live out-of-market games (7-day free trial) Why do the Grizzlies and Hawks always play NBA games on MLK Day? Atlanta Hawks' connection to MLK King was born in Atlanta on Jan. 15, 1929. He grew up in the city, and he attended Booker T. Washington High School and Morehouse College. Given that connection, MLK Day is of tremendous importance to Atlanta and the Hawks franchise.
Ultimately, the next few weeks (and the season) will ride on James Harden. He’s been magnificent as of late and has the Nets playing at a tempo and a flow we hadn’t seen from them for much of the season. It all stems from The Beard and with him constantly attacking the basket, he’ll be able to keep the Nets steady. When you’ve got a superstar who can give you 25 and 11 every night, it helps make life easier for the whole squad.
Player to watch: Jarrett Allen
SEND OUR FAVORITE SON TO THE ALL STAR GAME! Our old friend has been absolutely magnificent for the Cavs this season and is a good bet to make his first All Star Game. It’s a great reward for a Brooklyn fan favorite and he’s become a fav for Cav fans as well. Jackson Frank of The Analyst has:
At times this season, he’s achieved a hallmark of vaunted rim protection: prompting a pass with his mere presence and rejecting whoever receives said pass. He routinely keeps his hands high to deter shots, too.
His tendency to play with active hands extends to his pick-and-roll coverage, where Allen is menacing. It’s also a platform where he showcases his improved mobility, fueled by quick feet and the ability to concisely flip his hips in response to changes of direction.
Cleveland demands much of its big men defensively and he’s proven capable. He can play at the level of the screen to contain drives, operate as the weak-side man to leverage his size and length, and is always maintaining lively hands. Between rim protection and ball-screen exploits, he’s been a certifiably dominant interior defender.
Steve Nash Reacts To The Kevin Durant Injury News
The Brooklyn Nets learned over the weekend that they’ll be without Kevin Durant for the next few weeks. The superstar forward suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee during Saturday’s win over the New Orleans Pelicans, which will sideline him for at least the next month. Although the Nets will face an uphill battle without […] The post Steve Nash Reacts To The Kevin Durant Injury News appeared first on The Spun.
JA has been masterful and watching his continued growth has been a joy to watch.
The Nets big man room has gotten pretty crowded all of a sudden. With Clax and LMA out, DayRon Sharpe has stepped in and done a great job. He finishes pretty well He gives the Nets another big body and someone who can tangle with bruising bigs on the inside. Today will be a great test for him in his development. Having more capable big men is always a good thing and as the Nets ride into the later parts of the year, will have a chance to give everyone a fair opportunity to get some run.
From the Vault
It’s always a joy to revisit the good ole days
And with today being MLK Day (read this wonderfulabout Martin and Coretta by Tanya A. Christian), let’s take a trip back to 1967 and watch an appearance he had in Cleveland.
“I want to say to everybody under the sound of my voice this afternoon that you are somebody. Don’t let anybody make you feel that you are nobody. You are somebody. You have dignity. You have worth. Don’t be ashamed of yourself and don’t be ashamed of your heritage. Don’t be ashamed of your color. Don’t be ashamed of your hair. I am black and beautiful and not ashamed to say it.”
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Kyrie Irving ‘rooted’ in COVID-19 vaccine decision even after Kevin Durant injury .
Irving insisted on Monday, after their 114-107 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, that he wasn’t going to budge. “I’ve made my decision already and I’m standing on it,” Irving said, via Nets Daily’s Matt Brooks. Irving, of course, is one of the last coronavirus vaccine holdouts in the NBA and is still not allowed to play in home games for the Nets due to a New York City mandate. Irving made his season debut with the Nets earlier this month after the team reversed course and allowed him to play part-time. Irving hasn’t given much of a specific answer as to why he won’t get vaccinated, other than claiming he wants to be a “voice for the voiceless.