The almighty Brooklyn Nets, the big favorite for bettors and experts before the season begins, their knees begin to dance. The megaproject of Joseph Tsai with Kevin Durant and James Harden at the helm begins to water and doubts have seized a team called to everything but experiencing its worst moment of the season with five defeats in the last seven games.
The last, also, painful against some Portland Trail Blazers that are far from their best version and that also did not have the support of their great star Damian Lillard. An unexpected setback that exacerbates the feeling that Steve Nash’s team still has a long way to go to compete with the league’s cocks such as Golden State, Phoenix, Chicago or Memphis today. Four teams with better balance than the Nets and which the New Yorkers have yet to beat.
It is true that for the game in Oregon the Nets did not have the ‘The Beard’ contest, but they did enjoy the controversial Kyrie Irving. The player was listed before the clash as “the most skilled point guard in history” by rival coach Chauncey Billups. However, he still shows the inactivity caused by his refusal to be vaccinated and that caused the Nets to separate him from a team that, finally, has had to turn to him although that has not meant, for now, a substantial improvement.
Night with more shadows than lights for the Spanish representation in the NBA. Usman Garuba this time did enter into Stephen Silas ‘plans in the Rockets’ loss to the Philadelphia 76ers (91-111) but he was only on the court for five minutes in which he captured three defensive rebounds, stole a ball and put up a plug. For his part, Juancho Hernangómez once again ran out of minutes in the victory of the Boston Celtics in overtime against the Indiana Pacers (101-98).
Joel Embiid begins to advance positions in the race for the MVP of the season after finishing second last season. The Cameroonian knows that this season the award is difficult, but he does not want to be left out of the competition at the last minute. For this, he exposes arguments like the ones he exhibited against the Rockets with 31 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks. It is Embiid’s seventh straight game above 30 points, something that in Sixers history only Allen Iverson and Wilt Chamberlain had achieved.