Like Kyrie Irving in all probability stated to Dennis Schröder a number of months again, if you happen to’re in search of me, activate the playoffs.
Irving’s Brooklyn Nets, in fact, are nonetheless enjoying, awaiting the Milwaukee Bucks’ arrival within the borough on Saturday for Sport 1 of the Jap Convention Semis.
Schröder’s Lakers? They’re like Schrödinger’s Cat, concurrently each sitting at dwelling after being eradicated Thursday night time by the Suns, and nonetheless within the NBA Finals occurring within the minds of their most devoted and crazed followers.
Keep in mind all that “Lakers over Nets in 5” stuff? That may not occur, as Brooklyn followers have been fortunately processing on Twitter for the previous 10 hours.
Brooklyn Nets followers are clowning the Lakers on Twitter.
So, the Lakers are out. Bought anymore vibrant concepts for us?
Positive, LA’s elimination wasn’t that joyous an occasion. Anthony Davis went down in Sport 4, got here again for Sport 6, and exited the competition nearly instantly, unable to contribute. Even from the bench, he would possibly’ve been the crew’s only participant, as the remainder of the Lakers’ skeleton went down 36-14 to the Phoenix Suns.
All yr lengthy, the NBA world wasted their time ready for the seventh-seeded Lakers to “flip it on” and reclaim their Bubble glory. With no wholesome Davis and LeBron James, although, there was no “on” to show.
Although Durant and Bron didn’t even come near clashing to finish this season, Los Angeles was nonetheless on each Brooklyn Nets fan’s lips on Thursday night time.
However … however I had thought … by no means thoughts.
It’s additionally a very good time to be a gloating Nets fan for one particular cause. Keep in mind all the attractive, glistening, beautiful takes about how Brooklyn’s stars missed so many video games that there was no likelihood they’d construct sufficient “chemistry” for a playoff run? How the crew was being so cautious with Durant and James Harden particularly that they’d by no means be capable of determine one another out? They’d overlook what a basketball was? Whether or not you throw it or kick it?
Effectively, although nobody can management accidents, they usually can derail even essentially the most promising of seasons, it appears the Brooklyn Nets managed their scenario … completely, and the Lakers didn’t. After LeBron and AD banged themselves up, LA scuffled to a .500-ish file and was unable to compete within the first spherical when Davis’ points flared up once more.
Thus far, no flares for the Nets. Typically prioritizing absolute certainty on well being is extra necessary than chemistry, which is for speaking heads and retired gamers to blab about at 6 AM on Fox Sports activities 4.
We don’t know how lengthy the Nets’ run will proceed, nevertheless it’s fairly potential their greatest challenges remaining are within the East.
Milwaukee? Deep roster, playoff resumé filled with failures. Philadelphia? No. 1 seed, possibly no Embiid, nonetheless a contender-ish.
The West? Is anybody afraid of Phoenix, Dallas, Utah, Denver, or the literal Clippers? Thanks, Lakers. You’ve made this entire calculation simpler for us.