These hours, they’re scary. Very, very scary.
The Brooklyn Nets are rolling, winners of three straight and 7 of their last 10. On Friday night they head to Oklahoma City, familiar territory for both Kevin Durant and James Harden, to take on a young Thunder team.
OKC has won two in a row, but for the most part have gone back and forth, win one, lose one, on their way to a near-.500 record.
They’re not particularly a bad team, but their hours? Their hours aren’t as scary as Brooklyn’s.
WHO: Brooklyn Nets (12-8) at Oklahoma City Thunder (8-9)
WHEN: 8:00pm EST
WHERE: YES (tv), WFAN (radio)
Shai Gilgeous Alexander is running the show this time around, and he’s taken well to the role. He’s got more offensive responsibilities as he’s scoring more and setting his teammates up for good looks. The Nets will throw defenders like Bruce Brown at him in order to slow him down and make things difficult. Brown has been a godsend as he brings a much needed mix of energy, perimeter defense, and good rebounding. I feel like I can be talked into Brown playing in a closing, smallball lineup at some point.
And of course, the game will mark a return to OKC for three Nets, all of whom weren’t available to the Nets last year: Kevin Durant, James Harden and Jeff Green. The three were on the Thunder’s “Young & Restless” teams in the mid-2000’s. KD and Harden still get booed, but there are no fans at Chesapeake Energy Arena this season but maybe as an OKC columnist writes, it’s time to get over the hurt and appreciate what happened back then.
As Barry Tramell of The Oklahoman writes ... “So Friday night, watching from your sofa, don’t let anger boil during Thunder-Nets. Enjoy the game and enjoy the memories of the wonder years.”
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