The past few weeks have been rough for the Brooklyn Nets.
Despite being able to win games, the Nets keep losing players on their roster.
Just less than a week ago, LaMarcus Aldridge announced his retirement from the game because of a heart condition.
Two days ago, in the game against the Miami Heat, Kevin Durant suffered thigh contusion early in the game that’s forced him to sit out since.
And now most recently, James Harden is out indefinitely because of a hamstring strain
Because of these injuries, a Nets billed as a three-headed monster now only one left standing. Sure, Blake Griffin is still on the roster, but he’s certainly not the superstar he once was. Kyrie Irving is now expected to be the main reason for the Nets to rack up wins despite being riddled with injuries.
Irving have been putting up great numbers this season despite playing with two other ball dominant stars and missing numerous games, he’s averaging 27.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 6.2 APG in 51.3% FG in the 42 games that he has played this season.
In the first three games that Irving played without Durant and Harden this season, he has averaged 25.3 PPG, 10.6 APG in 48.2% FG.
In their most recent game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Irving finished with 32 points and eight assists to give them a 134-129 win.
The Nets are 39-19 and second in the East and still have 14 games left in the regular season.
Although Durant’s injury is minor, Irving would have to hold his ship on his own for a while, which means a slip up heading into the Playoffs would be a big hit on his image as part of this team as he will once again be tagged with the title second-fiddler if the Nets win the title in the end. Let’s remember, too, that Durant came back from a major injury, so there’s no guarantee his legs will hold out in the playoffs.
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