Nets eye bounce again win at house vs Knicks


Blake Griffin #2 of the Brooklyn Nets is fouled by Thaddeus Younger #21 of the Chicago Bulls on the United Middle on April 04, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Photos/AFP (Picture by JONATHAN DANIEL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Photos by way of AFP)

The Brooklyn Nets return house to the Barclays Middle on Monday, seeking to bounce again from simply their second loss within the final eight video games, when the New York Knicks make the brief journey to Brooklyn.

The Nets, taking part in with out James Harden on the primary leg of a back-to-back Sunday, misplaced in Chicago, 115-107. The loss snapped a four-game profitable streak and dropped Brooklyn out of first place within the Japanese Convention.

Kyrie Irving dished 15 assists in opposition to the Bulls and scored 24 factors however went 0-of-4 taking pictures from 3-point vary. Brooklyn knocked down 11-of-28 from past the arc as a group, however Chicago trumped the Nets’ 48.4-percent field-goal taking pictures with a 55.1-percent effort.

“Not sufficient motion and exercise,” Nets coach Steve Nash stated of Brooklyn’s offensive efficiency in his postgame press convention. “We have been taking part in in tight areas as an alternative of constructing them guard in huge areas. Simply wasn’t a fantastic offensive efficiency from us tonight.”

The 107 factors that Brooklyn scored on Sunday marked its lowest output since 88 at Utah on March 24, which was additionally the Nets’ final loss.

Harden’s absence as a consequence of a hamstring harm was his second straight. Nash stated in a press convention Friday, when Harden missed the Nets’ 111-89 rout of Charlotte, the nine-time All-Star and 2018 Most Beneficial Participant is day-to-day.

Harden is averaging 26.1 factors, 11.2 assists and eight.9 rebounds per recreation in his 33 contests since becoming a member of Brooklyn in a commerce from Houston.

Fellow former MVP Kevin Durant, who has been out with a hamstring pressure since Feb. 13, might return as early as Monday’s matchup with the crosstown-rival Knicks. Including a standout of Durant’s caliber offers the Nets a lift within the late-season push for the highest seed within the East, and will come amid different depth issues for Brooklyn.

The Nets misplaced reserve wing Tyler Johnson to an obvious knee harm throughout Sunday’s loss.

Whereas Durant’s return seems imminent, and Harden’s harm shouldn’t preserve him out lengthy, the reunion of Brooklyn’s Large Three will not be of concern to the Knicks amid their very own playoff push.

“We’re probably not involved about their Large Three,” Julius Randle stated in his postgame press convention after a 125-81 blowout of Detroit on Saturday. “We all know what sort of basketball we can play. We give attention to our group and the sport plan the coach attracts up. That’s all we’re centered on: the Knicks.”

Randle completed with 29 factors and eight rebounds, and Reggie Bullock added 22 factors within the lopsided win.

The Knicks are 0-2 this season in opposition to the Nets, dropping video games each with and with out Durant within the lineup. Randle posted 33 factors, 12 rebounds and 6 assists within the 117-112 New York loss on March 15, however Irving’s 34 factors and a 21-point, 15-rebound, 15-assist triple-double from Harden have been an excessive amount of for the Knicks to beat.

Randle leads New York in factors, rebounds and assists at 23, 10.7 and 5.8 per recreation. RJ Barrett — the Knicks’ second-leading scorer at 17.2 factors per recreation — completed with 23 factors and shot 10-of-10 from the free-throw line in New York’s final matchup with Brooklyn.

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