You can’t win ‘em all. The Brooklyn Nets suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday night against the Charlotte Hornets. On Monday, they turn right around, head home and take on another good - not great - team in the Memphis Grizzlies.
Ja Morant is already off to a stellar start of the season, even though the Grizzlies, at 0-2, have yet to pick up a win early on.
The Nets on the second night of a back-to-back have a few banged up stars - with Spencer Dinwiddie, ugh, sadly out for the year and Kevin Durant dealing with a few bangs and bruises along with Kyrie Irving who are both out on Monday for rest.
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Monday’s game kicks off a week-and-a-half homestand for these Brooklyn Nets.
WHO: Brooklyn Nets (2-1) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (0-2)
WHERE: YES Network (local), NBA TV (national), WCBS (radio)
WHEN: 7:30 PM EST
Every mention I’ve seen of Brandon Clarke so far this season has focused on his funky looking jump shot. Over at Grizzly Bear Blues, Parker Fleming discussed how the sophomore’s early woes and if playing center would be the best use of his talents:
It could be the best role for him, since it does provide him more spacing and pace — as opposed to playing the 4 next to Jonas Valanciunas or Gorgui Dieng. As he navigates this struggle, it could tell a lot about how Clarke needs to be used going forward. Is he going to be a featured option in the second unit? Or will he be just an energy guy alongside the starters, or a combination of them? Will he regain his touch from both around the paint and from deep?
I wouldn’t give up on Clarke just yet. He missed training camp due to injury, and he could be getting his legs back under him. He also has displayed a strong work ethic to his craft since his early college days. This slump isn’t the verdict on him.
If he does play the 5 for an extended period, he’ll be doing battle with Jarrett Allen. The Nets only lost the rebounding battle by six to the Hornets, but were outscored by 38 points in the paint. There have been concerns about Brooklyn’s defense and as the roster gets more comfortable with each other, those fears should gradually dissipate as the season progresses.
For more on the Grizzlies, check out Grizzly Bear Blues.