The Brooklyn Nets are the NBA’s newest superteam, an offensive juggernaut that includes two former MVPs in Kevin Durant and James Harden and the proprietor of one of the largest pictures in NBA Finals historical past in Kyrie Irving, who is also extensively thought-about to have one of the best handles the game has seen.
“Um, have we forgot about KD, Steph (Curry) and Klay (Thompson) already?” James mentioned following the Lakers’ 112-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night time. “I imply, there you go. There you go proper there.”
But probably the most factors Durant, Curry and Thompson ever averaged of their three seasons collectively was 75.eight per sport in 2018-19.
Durant (29.0), Irving (28.3) and Harden (23.9) entered Tuesday averaging 80.7 factors for the Nets this season.
Thursday’s showdown might be lacking some firepower. L.A. might be with out Anthony Davis, who suffered a calf pressure and aggravated the Achilles tendinosis in his proper leg Sunday. He will see workforce medical doctors when the Lakers return house Wednesday.
“We’ll see how he responds to therapy and reevaluate in a pair weeks,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel mentioned Tuesday.
On the opposite aspect, Durant has missed the previous two video games with a left hamstring pressure and Irving sat out Tuesday’s comeback win in opposition to the Phoenix Suns with tightness in his decrease again.
That mentioned, James mentioned he’s trying ahead to seeing these Nets in individual for the primary time.
“It’s all the time thrilling for me to go in opposition to some of one of the best guys within the sport — they usually received three of them,” he mentioned. “They received three of one of the best guys within the sport. Definitely would like to be full while you’re taking part in in opposition to a workforce like that and see, like, at that time within the season, how you match up — how you match up in opposition to some of one of the best groups within the league. And, clearly, we cannot be full on Thursday. But, apart from that, yeah, I like going on the market and simply being out on the ground with some of one of the best to play this sport.”
James’ teammate Montrezl Harrell was much less enthused. He was an element of the NBA’s shiny new toy with the LA Clippers final season, when the traditionally underachieving franchise added Kawhi Leonard and Paul George and have become instantaneous favorites to win the title.
Perhaps going by all that hype, solely to be half of the Clippers’ second-round playoff exit to the Denver Nuggets, taught him that the common season is not all the time one of the best indicator of postseason success.
“Honestly, I do not actually care,” Harrell mentioned. “We go into each sport with a sport plan, know offensively, defensively what we wish to do with a purpose to win that sport, and that is going to be the identical factor we will must do once we play on Thursday.
“There’s nothing no totally different. We’re not circling that sport. We’re not placing any additional emphasis on that sport. It’s similar to another sport — we’re taking it one sport at a time. We’re nonetheless studying, we’re nonetheless rising and we’re nonetheless constructing with each other, and we’re gonna must do it to the next normal with dropping one of our massive items [in Davis].”