The Brooklyn Nets have found their stride in recent weeks. After beginning the NBA season 2-3, they have won 11 out of their last 13 games. They are on a three-game winning streak as they head into a matchup tonight with another team turning things around in the Boston Celtics.
For the Nets, they had to make unexpected changes to their lineup at the onset of the season. All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has opted to not get the COVID-19 vaccine, meaning he is ineligible for games at Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden.
Not wanting a part-time player on the team, the Nets decided that they would hold Irving out until he was eligible to be full-time. Removing Irving from the equation helped avoid all the distractions that would have come with it, but Steve Nash was left trying to figure out how he would replace someone as integral to the team’s success on the court as Irving is.
Without Irving, there would be even more pressure placed on the shoulders of Kevin Durant and James Harden to carry the load. Durant has lived up to the pressure, playing at an MVP level. Harden, however, struggled out of the gate.