One loss. It was just one loss. Time to move past it and focus on Monday night’s game against the Spurs.
Brooklyn will get Kyrie Irving back in the lineup, which will help, though Kevin Durant will once again sit - he’s out through the All-Star break. Sure, this won’t be easy - the Spurs are playing some great basketball despite having about half their roster in and out of the lineup due to Covid-protocols.
Keep an eye on Dejounte Murray tonight; he has the ability to go off in that sneaky “wait, he has a triple double?!” kind of way.
WHO: Brooklyn Nets (22-13) at San Antonio Spurs (17-13)
WHEN: 8:30 PM EST
WHERE: YES (tv), WFAN (radio)
So, what do we do with LaMarcus Aldridge? He’s not a bad player or anything like that, it just feels like he’s not the best fit on the younger Spurs anymore. He’s taking threes at the highest rate of his career and has made a more than respectable 37 percent of them, but still. As it happens, there are reports the Spurs are looking to trade the former All Star and if they are able to get a player back that can help them in exchange for LMA, great. If nothing comes up, at least they’ll have Aldridge as a scoring option off the bench.
If there’s one thing we know for sure about a Popovich coached team, it’s that they’ll always be incredibly disciplined. San Antonio has been the best in the league at managing possessions, as they’ve turned it over only 11 percent of the team this season. Being as controlled as they are is of the utmost importance as the team doesn’t have many elite shot makers and creators.
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