Brooklyn Nets

Can the Brooklyn Nets advance in the playoffs without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving?

Many know that the Brooklyn Nets made a splash in the 2019 NBA Free Agency period with signing two of the best available players on the market, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Kevin was coming off of a season-ending injury, ruptured Achilles tendon in his right leg, in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals versus the Kawhi Leonard led Toronto Raptors and was not expected to play the year after. They were given the big bucks to come to Brooklyn along with DeAndre Jordan. Kevin got a four year, $164 million contract (with a player option in the last year), and Kyrie got a four year, $141 million contract.

Kevin Durant

Around the two superstars, the Brooklyn Nets had some phenomenal young talent. Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, and many other key role players. The previous year the Nets went 42-40 the previous year, making the playoffs. They faced the Philidelphia 76ers and lost in 5 games (4-1). This year they’ve so far gone 30-34, with only eight games left due to the current global pandemic, Covid-19. They are projected to face the Trail Blazers, Clippers (twice), Kings, Magic (Twice), Wizards, and Celtics in that eight-game stretch. The Clippers are considered the toughest of the pack to face. If Dinwiddie and LeVert play how they have the Nets have a chance. Since they are right now, the 7th seed, they have a great upcoming matchup with the 2nd seed, Defending Champions Toronto Raptors.

Dinwiddie, LeVert, and Allen are the trio (along with D’Angelo Russell in 2018) that revived their team’s spirit. This is their chance to prove they could contend in the Eastern Conference, and right about now, the Nets need a savior, and one of these young men could be precisely that since Kyrie and KD are rumored to be out. I do have to say not having a head coach that you started the season out with, Kenny Atkinson, who was fired, is a tough adjustment. Taking the coaching spot will be assistant coach Jacque Vaughn. He has previous experience and is looking to become the permanent head coach. Net fans should hope they could contend without their superstar players. This was Jose Calderon III with FiveBoroughDispatch. Have a beautiful day.

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