The Brooklyn Nets (25-13) hit the road to play the Portland Trail Blazers (15-24), which means there could be a rare appearance from Kyrie Irving. The All-Star point guard cannot play in New York due to pandemic restrictions, but is allowed in certain states with their protocol. The Nets allowed him to rejoin the team after deciding what was best for the team. It was a reversal of his previous decision.
How to watch the Brooklyn Nets in the Portland Trail Blazers today:
Game date: January 10, 2022
Game time: 10:00 pm Eastern Time
TV: NBA League Pass Canal 8
Rookie Cam Thomas hit a running back in the lane with a second to go in overtime to give the Nets a win over the Spurs in their last outing.
In Irving’s season debut, he scored 22 points, had four assists, three steals and three rebounds in 32 minutes of action. He shot well from the field and balanced the team’s offense, taking pressure off Kevin Durant and James Harden.
The offense looked great, as Durant had an efficient 39 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while Harden had 18 points, six assists and five rebounds.
When the three All-NBA caliber players are there, very few rival the offense and it has so many playmakers, shooters and they can play with uncommon efficiency.
The team shot 57% from the field and scored 129 points despite only hitting five 3-pointers in total. That was the lowest three-point total of the season and the second-highest scoring effort for the Nets all year.
On the flip side, the Blazers have Damian Lillard (abs) on the day-to-day roster with CJ McCollum (lung) out for today’s game.
The team was already struggling, having lost six of eight games and seeing its defense fall to No. 27 in the NBA this season. Now, the Trail Blazers have to deal with a motivated Irving and an energetic Nets team that was already playing at a final level of competition.