A the almighty Brooklyn Nets, the great favorite for bettors and experts before the season begins, their knees begin to dance. Joseph Tsai’s megaproject with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden at the helm is failing and doubts have taken over a team called to fight for a place in history and that is on its way to hitting a minor bump.
The super template designed by Sean Marks and Steve Nash, valued at 176 million dollars, has cracked and between injuries (Kevin Durant), the (Kyrie Irving and his position with the vaccines) and transfer rumors (James Harden) has gone from fight to reign in the East to begin to realize that the ring is further away than it seemed.
After falling in their last game against the Nuggets, the Brooklyn team has lost eight in a row – a team has never been champion after losing more than six consecutive games – and in less than two months they have gone from leading their conference to being seventh. of it, occupying play in positions. An unthinkable fate for the team that frightened the entire NBA last September, but once again shows that the accumulation of stars does not guarantee success.
It is true that injuries and extra-sports issues have prevented the trident on which the team had to settle, barely being able to play together and of the 123 possible games, the three have only coincided in 16, 13% of the total. But not everything can serve as an excuse for a team that in 2022 has more losses than some of the worst teams in the league such as the Thunder, Rockets, Pistons, Pelicans, Kings, Blazers and Pacers.
The last loss of the Nets came against the Denver Nuggets of an imperial Nikola Jokic. The Serbian pvot seems determined to win his second MVP in a row and once again made a great match to reaffirm his candidacy. Jokic signed a new triple-double with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and is seven away from tying with Wilt Chamberlain as the center with the most triple-doubles in history. He has also equaled the legendary Philadelphia center as the only two players with more than one triple-double with 25 points and 80% shooting from the field.
The Clippers premiered signing, but they could not do it with victory. Despite the good feelings left by Norman Powell at its premiere, the Angelenos succumbed to a new exhibition by Giannis Antetokounmpo in a match in which the Spanish international Serge Ibaka was once again the protagonist. The pvot of Congolese origin got 7 points (3 of 5 shooting), 7 rebounds, an assist and a block in 19 minutes coming off the bench.
RESULTS OF THE NBA DAY
- Nuggets 124-104 Nets
- Bulls 108-119 76ers
- Timberwolves 118-105 Pistons
- Cavaliers 98-85 Pacers
- Magic 83-116 Celtics
- Mavericks 103-94 Hawks
- Rockets 107-120 Pelicans
- Clippers 113-137 Bucks
With five wins in a row and seven in their last ten games, the Boston Celtics extended their winning streak with a resounding victory against the Orlando Magic, who are bottom in the East and have the worst record in the league. Jaylen Brown (26 points) was the best of a Celtics that controlled the winning game to the end while Jalen Suggs (17 points) stood out in a Magic denied from the triple (5 of 26).
The Philadelphia 76ers had a tough challenge to measure their true value and passed with flying colors by beating the Chicago Bulls, who with this loss gave up the lead in the East to the Miami Heat. Joel Embiid was a titan (40 points and 10 rebounds) against whom the Bulls couldn’t do anything despite DeMar DeRozan’s great game (45 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists).