Got down to get up only to fall down in the end. The Brooklyn were down by a bunch, got up by a bunch, let it slip and wound up losing in overtime to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night. Eek. Oh yeah, pre-game, they also lost Kyrie Irving who Sean Marks pronounced out for the season with shoulder impingement.
Where to follow the game
YES Network on TV. WFAN 101.9 FM on radio. Tip off after 7 PM.
Kyrie Irving will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the remainder of the season. We already know Kevin Durant is out, but Marks confirmed that on Thursday too.
Nothing doing for the Hornets.
One familiar face is no longer in town. The Hornets bought out Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out earlier this month and he wound up joining the Dallas Mavericks. Life would have been so much different for Charlotte if they had landed the number one pick in the 2012 Draft. What if...
Now that Spencer Dinwiddie is running the show from here on out, it's up to him to be their lead playmaker and scorer. It helps to have a healthy and confident Caris LeVert as his wing man, but when games are on the line, Kenny Atkinson will go to him. On the other side, Terry Rozier is that player for the Hornets. He's put together a career year in his first full time season as a starter and has seen his shooting numbers increase across the board. It should make for a decent matchup.
This one has the potential to get sloppy. Both teams are in the bottom third of the league in turnover rate and as we've seen throughout the year for Brooklyn, their inability to hold on to the ball has cost them plenty of winnable games.
Player to watch: Miles Bridges
Nothing like a great showing at All Star Weekend to get your name out there. Bridges turned it up in the second half of the Rising Stars game on Friday night and came away with MVP honors. It's a nice addition to a solid 2019-2020 resume for the second year pro. He's more involved in the team's offensive attack and has gotten to the free throw more often as a result. Charlotte is developing a solid young core, and Bridges has the potential to be the best player out the bunch.
Joe Harris will slide back up to the third scoring option now that Irving is out. Because we're always looking ahead to free agency now, Harris' unrestricted free agency status will come up more often as we head to the summer. He wants to stay with Brooklyn, and he figures to be a great fit with a fully healthy Nets roster this fall. For now, Brooklyn hopes he continues to be a solid three point shooter and more developed playmaker.
From the Vault
Once we're done here, all eyes will be on Las Vegas as Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will lock horns one more time. Let's take it back to their first matchup in 2018
More reading: At the Hive
- Brooklyn Nets Game Notes - Brooklyn Nets
- Charlotte Hornets Game Notes - Charlotte Hornets
- Hornets bid to continue winning ways vs. Nets - STATS/TSX
- Nets’ DeAndre Jordan making own mark with out Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Nets not giving up on playoff push with Kyrie done for season - Greg Logan - Newsday
- Ten NBA things I like and don’t like, including the fun, dazzling version of Chris Paul - Zach Lowe - ESPN
- NETS VS. HORNETS: BROOKLYN CHASES WHAT’S NEXT IN CHARLOTTE - Tom Dowd - Brooklyn Nets
- Hornets finally have salary-cap space; how they will and won’t use it next season - Rick Bonnell - Charlotte Observer