Having just recently won 11 of their last 12 matches, that includes notable wins over the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Phoenix Suns and the Golden State Warriors, the Brooklyn Nets have emerged as legitimate title contenders.
Possessing a star studded team, which contains their big three of James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, they’re an absolute force to be reckoned with on the offensive end especially. With Harden in lights out form, the newly signed superstar spoke recently about his fast start, making a point to praise his colleagues. “I just try to come in and make an impact on the game every single possession. The best that I can. And my teammates have done an unbelievable job of helping me with that, coaches as well,” Harden explained.
“So, I just try to bring my knowledge to the game and my skill set to the game and to this team. Hopefully, that’s good enough.”
Irving then went on to speak about Harden’s brilliance and how exciting the team’s looking right now, stating: “When James is being James, it makes our job a lot easier. And so we got to get used to somebody special like that, things like that in terms of breaking records. So, I can’t wait to be right alongside of him, my name in Nets history — and all the guys on our team where we’re just breaking records as a team, and then individually we’re stacking up with some of the best to ever play.”
Fresh from becoming the first team in 11 years to sweep a west coast road trip to 5-0, the Steve Nash coached team are proving their title credentials. The bookmakers clearly see them as challengers, with them currently priced at 4.00 as second favourites just behind the Lakers at 3.75, which appears like a good bet right now.
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Boasting some quality depth to support their elite operators, players such as Jeff Green, Bruce Brown, Joe Harris, DeAndre Jordan, Landry Shamet, Tyler Johnson, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and now Blake Griffin as of this week has been immense for them too.
Moreover, having Nicolas Claxton back, who missed 32 games due to a knee injury, is positive news, for the gifted centre will certainly increase their chances of success.
While they need to improve on the defensive end to tighten up, the star studded Nets have so much talent across the board, including many game changers who are always invaluable in the playoffs, which all points to them being a massive challenger for this season’s NBA crown.