Brooklyn Nets Youngster Bruce Brown Traces Last Season’s Playoffs Ouster to This Key Factor

Published 08/10/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Jun 13, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) defends Brooklyn Nets guard Bruce Brown (1) during the first quarter of game four in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


In the season that just got concluded, very few teams created as much talk as the Brooklyn Nets. With the side possessing the destructive trio of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden, most people thought the Nets would run away with the title. However, that was not the case. Owing to some injuries and mismatched decisions, the side crashed out in the Conference semifinals to the eventual winners; the Milwaukee Bucks. And ahead of the new season, a key player of the men in black opined that health was the only reason for the Nets not going all the way.

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Bruce Brown is one of the top young prospects of the league. At just 24 years of age, Brown can play as a guard or forward. He has immense capabilities to compete with the best of the best, and gelled perfectly with the big names of the Nets. In the 2020-21 campaign, the fiery customer from Massachusetts averaged around 9 points and 5.4 rebounds in the regular season. Sure, it can be argued that these aren’t the best of numbers; but we need to remember that Brown is still blooming.

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Jun 7, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Bruce Brown (1) jumps over Milwaukee Bucks forwards P.J. Tucker (17) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) to grab a rebound in the third quarter during game two in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Brown feels that injuries cost the Brooklyn Nets

Last season, the Brooklyn Nets were the firm favorites to grab the Eastern Conference at the very least. However, Giannis Antetokounmpo and co. spoiled the party for Kevin Durant’s determined squad. The Bucks edged out Steve Nash’s team 4-3 in the seven-game series. Along the way, though, the Brooklyn Nets faced some nasty injuries. All members of their big trio underwent some painful blows, which eventually cost them. As a result, the young Bruce Brown was of the opinion that these issues ensured the Nets didn’t go all the way.

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As reported by Adam Zagoria, Brown spoke in an interview about how health played a crucial role in how Brooklyn’s season unfolded. The former Detroit Pistons rookie said, “I think we all know what would’ve happened last year if we [Brooklyn Nets] were healthy.” He indirectly stated that provided injuries hadn’t played spoil sport, his side may have captured the coveted crown.

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What do you think of the bold statement made by Bruce Brown? In the upcoming edition of the NBA, will the Brooklyn Nets prove why they are considered the giant killers? Or will the classic ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ saying hold true again?

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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