Kevin Durant stole the spotlight on Wednesday night. His comeback to the court after not playing since February 13th was the most anticipated return for the Nets this season – and he did not disappoint. When Easy Money went down because of a hamstring injury, the Big 3 was no longer on display for the basketball world. Nearly two months later, here is the two-time NBA Finals MVP is making the Nets even scarier.
Durant came off the bench for only the second time in his entire career and the decision came only minutes before the game. The team announced earlier in the day that Durant would start, but Steve Nash may have had a change in heart.
Kyrie Irving had his way with the Knicks on Monday and he continued his scoring rampage on the Pelicans in the first half. At halftime, he was already up to 20 points and 5 assists. After entering the game in the second quarter, Durant was up to 9 points on 2-2 shooting from the field.
In the second half, Brooklyn just destroyed New Orleans. Irving (24 PTS), LaMarcus Aldridge (22 PTS), Kevin Durant (17 PTS), Joe Harris (14 PTS), and Jeff Green (11 PTS) were at forefront of the offense in the third quarter. During the blowout, the Brooklyn Nets went for 37 assists. This was the 18th time the Nets racked up 30+ assists in a game this season, which is the most since the 1985-86 season (via Nets PR).
Domination to describe this game would be an understatement. The Nets did not hold back at all.
Kevin Durant is still Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant looked like himself in his return. He stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists in only 19 minutes. Durant also had a plus-minus of +22 despite coming off the bench as well. Throughout the game he was running up and down the floor with ease as he found his spots on the court. His teammates made it easier for him by getting him the ball right away once he got into the game. He returned the favor by finding them in their spots and the Pelicans were pretty much helpless at that point. https://twitter.com/BrooklynNets/status/1379959223346401282
LaMarcus Aldridge is the go to scorer in the first quarter for the Nets
LaMarcus Aldridge seems like the go preferred offensive option in the first quarter for the Brooklyn Nets. This was also prevalent two games ago against the Chicago Bulls. In that game, he got up six shots in only the first quarter, making three of them. In Wednesday’s matchup with New Orleans, he got up four shots, making one but of course still finding his way to the free throw line to rack up points. Aldridge being the go to scorer at the start of the game can help space the floor for the others, especially if he gets hot. Expect to see more of this scheme from the Nets in the next game.
Jeff Green is having a great month
Jeff Green is have an amazing month already. Jeff Green record 21 points on April 1st versus the Hornets, 21 points on April 4th versus the Bulls, 23 points on April 5th versus the Knicks, and tonight he went for 11 points in limited minutes in the blowout. Green would have added more if he had to but he did not have to considering it was a blowout, so he didn’t play in the fourth. Jeff Green’s offensive stretch in April further shows how deep this Brooklyn team can go even when they are battling the injury bug.