With Kyrie Irving expected to miss at least the start of the 2017-18 NBA season, the Brooklyn Nets will have to go back to the drawing board. Despite being a perennial playoff team, the Nets’ offseason has been a disaster. As many as nine players may miss time due to various injuries, and only one, Caris LeVert, seems guaranteed to play in the regular season.

The Brooklyn Nets have been on a tear over the last few weeks, and that hasn’t gone unnoticed by NBA general managers. As Marc Stein of ESPN reported on Sunday, the Nets have garnered strong trade interest, with teams like the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics all interested in the former All-Star point guard.

The Brooklyn Nets’ hopes of winning their first NBA championship depend on the health of their newly assembled Big Three. Kevin Durant joined the Nets after winning two rings with the Golden State Warriors, while Kyrie Irving grabbed a ring with the Cleveland Cavaliers. With James Harden acquiring the Nets from the Houston Rockets in January 2021, this trio was supposed to lead Brooklyn to unprecedented heights. In principle, this seems like a good idea. This has also proven itself in practice. But there is an important caveat to this statement. If you are healthy, this is a typical clarification when it comes to sports. But with the basketball team of Durant, Irving and Harden, that limited designation is all too true. Like the eternal issue of sound, of falling trees and the fact that nobody hears them, there is also the issue of nets. Are the Big Three the real Big Three when seen together at the same frequency as Bigfoot?

The Brooklyn Nets are doing well with their big three, so things are going well so far.

. Since acquiring James Harden, the Brooklyn Nets have played 59 games. Their record over those 59 games is 41-18. This is the best record in the Eastern Conference during that time and the third-best record in the NBA, behind the Utah Jazz (45-16) and Phoenix Suns (44-17). As for the effect of Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving working together? The Big Three had a plus-7.2 points per 100 possessions mark in the regular season. Their attack percentage was 119.6 points per 100 outs, while their opponents scored 112.5 points. But here’s the thing, and there’s no way to avoid it. Durant, Harden and Irving have played just 202 minutes in eight games combined. Brooklyn was 6-2 in those games, so they were well matched. They just haven’t been together much. Harden left Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Milwaukee Bucks after 43 seconds. Since then he has suffered from his sprained Achilles tendon. Although the Durant-Harden-Irving trio only played in six of Brooklyn’s nine games, they played the sixth most minutes of any three players on the team. Brooklyn has scored a net of plus-22.1 points per 100 possessions in those 130 minutes, scoring 135.4 points and allowing 113.3 points. It’s surprisingly good. But it’s also misleading, because there’s only one minute in the first round.

Nets may be without James Harden and Kyrie Irving in Game 5

. The Brooklyn Nets, who were only missing James Harden for the first game, won 115-107. After a 125-86 win over the Bucks in Game 2, the experts declared the series ended. But a funny thing happened on Brooklyn’s way to the finals. Milwaukee still thought they had a series to play. The Bucks scored the same 86 points in Game 3 as they did in Game 2. But the Nets scored 42 fewer points and that paid off in an aesthetically poor, yet credible 86-83 victory. Milwaukee posted a solid 107-96 win in Game 4 thanks to a strong second quarter. The series returns to Brooklyn with each team on two games. To make matters worse, Kyrie Irving went down midway through the second quarter when he landed on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s leg after being hit. Irving did not return, but X-rays of his ankle were negative, ESPN reports. His status for the fifth game is unknown. Coach Steve Nash said James Harden is working on his tender hamstring on the court, but he missed Game 4. Nash also said the Nets won’t rush Harden because of Irving’s injury.

It’s a nightmare scenario for Brooklyn Nets fans

word-image-8184 word-image-8185 Kevin Durant (7), James Harden (13) and Kyrie Irving (11) of the Brooklyn Nets. | Jason Miller/Getty Images Kevin Durant will return to the field in the 2020-21 season after spending an entire season recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. Kyrie Irving has had health problems throughout his career. In 10 NBA seasons, Irving has only missed fewer than 10 games once (75 games in 2014-15). Since 2017-18, Irving has missed 107 of a possible 308 regular season games, including 70 games in two years with the Nets. Since arriving in Brooklyn, Harden has missed 23 games with the same hamstring injury he suffered in Game 1 against the Bucks. Durant has already missed 37 games this year, most of them – like Harden – because of a hamstring injury. Irving missed 18 games for various reasons, including a seven-game stretch in January for personal reasons. There is no doubt about the capabilities of the Nets and their big three. The problem is affordability, and that could derail the Brooklyn Nets’ hopes for a title. statistics provided by Basketball Reference and NBA.com. COMPARED TO: Nets reportedly want Mike Krzyzewski to coach super team with LeBron James

Frequently Asked Questions

What happened to Kyrie?

The Brooklyn Nets have been dealing with a lot of injuries lately, and they could be headed for a serious playoff push if they can keep their players healthy. One thing they haven’t had in abundance this season is injured players. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing for the team, only time will tell… The Cleveland Cavaliers are one win away from a championship, but that victory may have to be without Kyrie Irving. The Cavaliers lead the Boston Celtics with a 3 to 2 lead in the best of 7 series, but Kyrie Irving is not even on the court. He injured his knee in the first quarter of the game and was replaced with Matthew Dellavedova. The original reports were that it was a right knee injury, but by the end of the first half, it was revealed that Irving had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

How did Kyrie Irving get injured?

On January 2nd, 2017, Kyrie Irving was diagnosed with a fractured left kneecap. The injury occurred during a game against the Boston Celtics on January 1st. The severity of Kyrie’s injury sparked rumors that he could be out for the duration of the 2017 NBA season. The Brooklyn Nets are last in the NBA at 11-48 and on a 4-game losing streak. In the midst of this terrible season, the Nets have begun to realize one fear: the injury bug. Kyrie Irving, the Nets’ franchise player who was supposed to bring the team a new sense of hope and excitement, has been injured, and the team is experiencing some major problems. How did this all happen?

Why is Kyrie out?

Kyrie Irving’s injury, for the moment, is a minor one that could heal quickly. In the meantime, the Kyrie Irving injury is a major economic setback for the Cleveland Cavaliers, a franchise that has already had to contend with the loss of LeBron James. The Irving injury could potentially be a game-changer for the Cavaliers, and many NBA fans are hoping that the Kyrie Irving injury has a positive outcome for the Cavs. We had a chance to chat with some fellow NBA writers about the possibility of Kyrie Irving missing a significant amount of playing time for the Brooklyn Nets. We talked mostly about how the situation could unfold, but also how it could go the other way around. We said that he could be the one to miss time, and not because of the injury itself, but because he will be the one who decides to sit out. This is the only way it can go.


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