Brooklyn Nets Still Contending For NBA Championship
With a roster that includes Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons, the Brooklyn Nets are looking to make some noise with the NBA Playoffs near.
But will they?
Heading into the other night’s game against the Utah Jazz, Brooklyn was eighth in the NBA’s Eastern Conference with a 37-34 record.
While they are in play-in tournament territory, Brooklyn’s record doesn’t match their talent and ability and according to SportsBettingDime.com, despite currently sitting at eight in the NBA’s East, the Nets remain third in the odds at +600 to win the Championship.
Brooklyn’s dealt with COVID-19 protocols that have halted Irving from playing at home due to New York City’s ruling despite New York City’s removal of their public sector mask and vaccine mandate being removed on March 7.
It’s believed that New York City mayor, Eric Adams could revisit this before the NBA Playoffs begin next month.
While Irving can play on the road, the Nets also have another issue. They’re without Ben Simmons. Simmons has had a history of back injuries throughout his NBA career and was diagnosed with a nerve impingement in his lower back in February of 2020 as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.
While reporting via both Bally Sports Network and his Spotify Greenroom show, NBA Insider, Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson noted that Simmons and the Nets were in a ‘comfortable place.’
“It’s a matter of when the Nets and Simmons feel comfortable,” Scoop B said via his Scoop B Intel show at Bally.
A former Senior Columnist at Basketball Society, Scoop B later clarified on Spotify by stating:
Epidural shot was received by Ben Simmons “But a lot changed since.”
Info @ScoopB got on Ben Simmons
As of last week said he was ready to play Tuesday vs Orlando or Friday vs Portland. Epidural shot was received by Ben Simmons, But a lot changed since.
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— Jeri Tsai (@JeriTsaiNets) March 17, 2022
That’s in line with Nets head coach Steve Nash who shared on Monday that he doesn’t know how an epidural shot works, but that Simmons is healing. “I do think if I’m not speaking out of terms, there was some relief,” he said.
“I don’t know how much or if it was a total success or how long it takes for that to be called a success. It’s just one layer if I’m not mistaken, to relieve the symptoms as much as anything.”
While the Nets are figuring things right with their stars, it is worth noting that their role players are just as important as they are on their quest to win a championship this season.
Part of the deal that brought Simmons to Brooklyn by way of the 76ers, Seth Curry and Andre Drummond are two key cogs within Brooklyn’s system.
So has Bruce Brown Jr., Cam Thomas, Goran Dragic, LaMarcus Aldridge, James Johnson III, David Duke, Kessler Edwards, Day’Ron Sharpe and Blake Griffin.
The free agent acquisition of Patty Mills has also been refreshing. “I keep talking about the vibe around the locker room and everyone enjoying each other’s presence,” Mills said recently.
“You can feel it in the locker room and that’s gonna carry us a long way, I believe, if we can stay tight as a group.
“It’s gonna take all of us to get the job done. It’s a massive push for us coming up.”