The Brooklyn Nets visited the Golden Warriors last Saturday, without stars Kevin Durant and James Harden. They fell to Steph Curry and crew 106-110. Kyrie Irving tried his best to put the team on his back, putting on 32 points, 8 rebounds adding another 7 assists. Many had nostalgia during this game, thinking back to 2016 where every night in the finals Steph and Kyrie would have epic battles. Curry’s shooting slump continued, putting up 19 points on 5 out of 18 shots going in. Despite this, forward Andrew Wiggins carried the load, putting up 24 points and 8 rebounds.
The Warriors continue to win in spite of the splash brother’s struggles. The scariest part about the Warriors is they are still severely hurt. Golden State is still missing Draymond, James Wiseman, Otto Porter, and Andre Iguodala. Even after all of this, they still sit second in the West poised for a deep playoff run. Coupled with the fact that Curry is in a slump; if he can get his form back, look for this team to be a heavy favorite as champions. They will still have to get through the Phoenix Suns, who are the first seed in the West.
The Brooklyn Nets look to regroup as they face the Utah Jazz. With KD out for an extended period of time, the Nets will need to rely on part-time player Kyrie Irving and James Harden. With recent rumors of the 76ers looking to trade for Harden, the Nets may be without three of their stars on a given night. They are currently on a 7 game losing streak and will need to rack up some wins to remain in playoff contention. After holding the 1st seed, Brooklyn has dropped all the way to the 7th seed. With the East being more formidable this year, the Nets need to tighten up and lock in.