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Better Days to Come for Brooklyn

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The Brooklyn Nets are struggling to win games. The team has lost five straight and six of their last seven games, one of which included a pathetic loss to the inferior New York Knicks. The Nets have struggled primarily on the offensive side of the ball. Failing to score 100 points in back-to-back games is a rarity in the Kenny Atkinson era.

The day after Christmas was the team’s first game in five days and their lackluster performance made it seem like they were still on holiday break. After the game, Spencer Dinwiddie had an interesting take on the team’s loss to New York.

 

Dinwiddie acknowledged that the team shot historically bad.

“We shot 27% from the field. It’d be different if they came out here and was like really at our head,” Dinwiddie laughed. “We played really, really bad — like laughably bad, honestly.”

Positive news on the injury front?

There is some positive news regarding injuries to key players: Caris LeVert and Kyrie Irving.

YES Network’s Michael Grady provided an update on both players and it seems like Nets fans can expect to see Caris LeVert before Kyrie Irving. Although coach Atkinson did not provide a specific date for a return, the team has been encouraged with his progression in practice.

Meanwhile, the team continues to call Kyrie’s shoulder injury a shoulder impingement. There is no timetable for his return. Also, Irving has yet to take part in contact drills at practice. The team will continue to monitor Irving’s progression with a potential date for his return.

Teams around the NBA are taking notice to Spencer Dinwiddie as the team’s vocal point on offense. The game plan is simple: get the ball out of Dinwiddie’s hands. It’s obvious the Nets do not have enough firepower to get by against superior competition. The return of LeVert will add another ball handler to the equation and slide Garrett Temple back to the bench to lead the second unit.

This Was Never Meant to Be “The Season”

The Brooklyn Nets made splashy moves this off-season– that’s a positive. The bad news is that fans should not expect to see Durant this season. The team is not entirely healthy and have seen bench players starting instead. The Nets got better this past offseason, but with the current injury situation, it’s been tough. The team has shown glimpses of hope and that should be encouraging in itself.

The Nets have players on the roster that could play major roles in Brooklyn’s pursuit of a championship. Spencer Dinwiddie is becoming a legitimate starting point guard, Jarrett Allen continues to develop as an elite rim protector, and Joe Harris is one of the league’s best three-point shooters.

The 2019-20 season is about preparing the fan base for the duo of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving playing together in the New York market. Nets fans should be excited for the future of their franchise.

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