After Brooklyn’s Big Three re-disbanded and the clock runs out in the regular season, the question arises whether they have time to chat before the postseason.
Just when Kevin Durant missed after 11pm on Wednesday Playing with a thigh strain finally made its long-awaited return, James Harden lost with a thigh strain of his own. Between their injuries and Kyrie Irving’s multiple absences, the great Nets trio have been far more of a rotating dynamic duo.
« It’s not ideal when it comes to time and chemistry, » admitted coach Steve Nash. « At the same time, it is not a problem that we worry about the things that we can control. If he is healthy and ready to go, that is not in our hands. It’s about time that Achilles tendon is finished. » p> « So we’re not going to spend a lot of time worrying about the negative effects. In the meantime, we’ll spend time adjusting and eager to see when he comes back. «
After Brooklyn visited New Orleans on Wednesday, there are only 20 games left on the agenda. Their Big Three have only played together seven times throughout the season, only six starts.
Admittedly, hers 5: 1 mark in these starts shows a tempting promise – but that’s based on good health they have all too seldom enjoyed.
And since the Nets on Tuesday said Harden won’t even re-evaluate for 10 days there is little time to get everyone on the same side before the playoffs.
Even if Harden somehow returned to the line-up after 10 days, there would only be 16 games left. The lack of another five days – which seems feasible given Brooklyn’s conservative history of dealing with injuries – would only leave 13 appointments on the schedule.
The problem is becoming apparent. Even so, the networks are confident that given their stars’ basketball IQ, enough Time remains.
« Maybe a few games, a few exercises, not too much time, » said Bruce Brown of the cohesion of the playoffs on the pitch. “Everyone knows how to play basketball. Everyone knows the strength of the other and knows what everyone likes to do on the floor. So I don’t think it’s going to take too long. «
Brooklyn came into play against the Pelicans on Wednesday after playing 2,483 minutes this season. Their Big Three had only been on the field for 186 percent or less than 13.3 percent.
With What COVID-19 did to the schedule has essentially robbed the teams of practice time. Whatever the cohesion the Nets players are building it has to be a crash course on the court by deliberately doing it tie off.
« Well, we can’t practice very often with this schedule. So we try to get classroom moments, scripts and constructive bags wherever we can, ”said Nash. « Especially with the injuries this year, you can’t increase the physical strain on the boys on days off or very rarely. It’s about teaching, learning, working together, connecting. So everyone in the league goes through this.
« It wasn’t ideal. But we have a lot to thank; Our boys went to great lengths. I think they will keep putting the pressure on and get together and find our chemistry, whether or not it is prohibited by injury and the length of the practice time. Our boys will put the time in the field to invest in each other and the time out of the field when we travel to invest in each other. That is one of the strengths of our team. «
You will need that strength. Given Durant’s last game, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge hadn’t signed while Nic Claxton was injured. That iteration of the nets hasn’t played a second together, despite ex-net Kerry Kittles with stars of this magnitude said they’ll make it.
« It’s definitely not great. They have to spend some time together, ”said Kittles on full court on Flatbush, the Post’s Nets podcast. « (But) I really think a couple of games before the playoffs, as long as (Harden’s) hamstring is healthy before the post-season starts, that’s all I care. »
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