The Brooklyn Nets may’ve been taking over a Los Angeles Lakers staff that was enjoying with out LeBron James and Anthony Davis on Saturday, however that didn’t cease Andre Drummond from completely demolishing their entrance courtroom in a dominant win.
With DeAndre Jordan out of the rotation after the Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge signings, the Nets regarded overwhelmed towards Drummond, who totaled 20 factors and 11 rebounds within the victory.
Whereas this recreation doesn’t imply a ton in the long term for the Nets, as Kevin Durant is coming off an damage, James Harden didn’t play, and Kyrie Irving was ejected far too early, that hasn’t stopped questions on Brooklyn’s capacity to fend off Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers from reaching the nationwide highlight.
The Nets will definitely want to handle some deficiencies of their protection earlier than they tackle Embiid, however one dangerous recreation doesn’t imply that the Nets should be taken out of the title contenders tier within the East.
How involved ought to the Brooklyn Nets be about Andre Drummond’s dominance?
Embiid will assuredly trigger the Nets issues. He’s an MVP candidate, he causes issues for everybody. Brooklyn’s inside protection won’t be pretty much as good as Hakeem Olajuwon’s Rockets, however they aren’t as poor as they regarded final evening. Remember that this staff got here into final evening as one of many higher defensive groups within the league since their loss towards the Wizards.
The one concern Brooklyn ought to have is the truth that their win towards Philadelphia got here with Jarrett Allen defending Embiid within the pre-Harden commerce timeframe. Jordan had some struggles towards Embiid when Philly beat them of their second matchup, however he wasn’t as objectively terrible as some opposing bigs have been within the celebrity’s wake.
Brooklyn has restricted Embiid to 26.0 factors per recreation. Solely the Toronto Raptors have held Embiid to a decrease scoring common amongst groups which have performed Philly a number of instances.
Embiid’s physicality and mobility will trigger an getting old entrance courtroom led by Aldridge to battle to a point, as defensive ace Nicolas Claxton is way too skinny to maintain Embiid in test for a whole recreation. Even when Jordan makes a return to the rotation, the Nets will solely find a way to take action a lot. Fortunately, they’ve three not-so-secret weapons on the offensive finish to counteract that.
On the finish of the day, Drummond is a double-double machine, and he took benefit of Aldridge in a recreation that had stars on each respective groups both out totally or ejected in the course of the sport. Drawing conclusions about summertime basketball or a possible 76ers matchup in early April is a fruitless train.