Kyrie Irving had 24 points and 15 assists to lead short-handed Brooklyn, which played without James Harden and Kevin Durant. Jeff Green added 21 off the bench. The Nets had won five straight and 10 of 12.
The streakiness continues for a Heat team that has been up and down all season. Miami goes into Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies on a four-game winning streak, which comes on the heels of a six-game losing streak, which came after the Heat won 11 of 12. New acquisition Victor Oladipo is off to a slow start, shooting just 5-for-21 during his first two games for Miami. -- Friedell
custombasketballsocks.comCustom Made NBA SocksJames Wiseman was listed at No. 12 on The Step Back’s final big board, a reflection of specific concerns on the part of our primary draft writers Jackson Frank and Trevor Magnotti. From Jackson’s 2019 scouting report on Wiseman:“We want to be young and competitive,” Stone emphasized. “Again, that’s harder. But at least a mix of middle [ages] and young. That’s kind of the goal, for this team.”
Before Durant missed 23 games with his injury, he played at an MVP level, averaging 29 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists a game, while shooting 43.4% from three, and with a true shooting percentage of 65.2. He looked like he had not lost a step coming off his torn Achilles, and if that is the Durant back on the court for Brooklyn in the playoffs it should be the favorite to come out of the East.
"Mind you, I didn't play in college, I only played like three games and I'm still trying to figure stuff out so I'm still behind the eight ball, but I'm most definitely getting better, exponentially each day. So I just feel the growth like every day, so I'm just getting better tremendously and just staying focused and just staying intact with everything. And just asking questions and doing what I can to get better."
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"That's been brewing for a while," Malone said after the game. "Watching the game on TV is probably like what the front office does. They probably sit there during the game and say, 'What the hell's he doing?'"
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