WATCH: Nets’ Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving HYPED After James Harden’s Clutch 3-Pointer Against Phoenix Suns

Published 02/17/2021, 2:50 AM EST
Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets are proving themselves to be one of the greatest offenses in the NBA. After being down close to 20 points at the half, the Nets were able to rally and get the win after they defeated the Phoenix Suns 128-124, in a game that looked like it had gotten away from the Nets. What makes it more impressive is that the Nets did it without All-Stars, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, on the court.

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Kevin Durant and Kyrie celebrate Harden’s shot

The duo of KD and Irving made their presence felt with their celebration. James Harden made an incredible go-ahead three to give the Nets the lead. Irving and Durant were hyped up, celebrating the shot from the bench since they weren’t playing the game. Their celebration was a perfect example of the kind of chemistry in Brooklyn right now.

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The Brooklyn Nets acquired James Harden early in the season in a blockbuster four-team trade. This paired Harden with former OKC teammate Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The trio has the potential to be the greatest ever, with all three being some of the best offensive players in the history of the NBA. However, defense remains an issue for the Brooklyn Nets.

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The Brooklyn Nets are currently one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA. In the Harden trade, they gave up their entire depth, including their main shot-blocker in Jarrett Allen. While the Nets are able to often outscore their opponents, they concede a significant number of points during a game. Their offense is what has kept the team going in recent weeks.

The Nets need to improve their defense

The Nets’ main priority will be to get a significant defender and shot blocker before the trade deadline. If possible, they could make a move for Andre Drummond. Cleveland has deemed Drummond surplus to their requirements after the arrival of Jarrett Allen. and he could provide significant size to the Brooklyn Nets defense, as he can still protect the glass at an elite level.

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Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) talks with forward Kevin Durant (7) during a free throw attempt by the Nets against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
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Can the Brooklyn Nets go to the NBA finals this season? They are looking like one of the favorites this year, behind the Philadelphia 76ers. If they can find themselves a solid shot-blocker or defender, their chances will improve greatly going into the playoffs.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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