The Brooklyn Nets had an awful start to the 2022-23 season. They opened the season with a 1-5 record and were 9-11 as recently as the end of November. They’ve had to deal with a number of internal issues including Steve Nash’s firing and Kyrie Irving’s team-mandated suspension.
However, it looks like they’ve now righted the ship, especially after Irving’s return to the team. They’ve gone 9-1 over their last 10 games and now find themselves in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with an 18-12 record. Their latest victory, a 119-116 thriller over the the Toronto Raptors, saw Kyrie Irving summon his powers to sink a game-winning three as time expired. Irving led the Nets in scoring with 32 points and Durant had 28 of his own.
While Irving continues to be a polarizing figure in the NBA, there’s still no doubting his ability to play basketball. Irving has been a key figure in the Nets’ current streak and is averaging 26.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.1 blocks over that span. Irving’s performance has backed up Kevin Durant, who is putting up 31.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.1 blocks in the same period.
The Nets have also seen key contributions from their role players, including players like Yuta Watanabe, who has come back from an injury and is shooting an unreal percentage on his corner threes this season.
Nick Claxton, Joe Harris and Ben Simmons have also had some good performances throughout the run, and the Nets have found their stride under coach Jacque Vaughn. It’s worth noting that one of the wins in this 9-1 streak came when the Nets sat eight of their players, including both of their stars. The G-League Nets still managed to take a 136-133 win over the Indiana Pacers.
Winning fixes a lot of problems, and it’s certainly looking like things are rosy in Brooklyn at the moment. Nets fans, who have suffered through rough times over the last couple of years can at least celebrate the team finally producing results on the court. They’ve got a decent schedule to close out the year with games against Detroit, Golden State, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Atlanta and Charlotte – which means they could potentially climb to third or second especially if they’re able to beat Cleveland and Milwaukee.