Basketball: The Brooklyn Nets were designed to be a superteam from the start.
The triumvirate of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden is the league’s most emphatic ‘Big Three.’
Even with Irving’s vaccination views complicating things (his reluctance to take the Covid-19 vaccine means he can’t play in Nets home games), this is a triumvirate that should be more than capable of vying for and delivering a championship.
Durant is currently out, along with fellow All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, but the team still has Blake Griffin, as well as excellent role players like Patty Mills, Nic Claxton, and James Johnson, who can fill in for him.
Overall, this is not a club that should be going on six-game losing streaks and falling to teams like the Sacramento Kings.
But that’s exactly what happened on Wednesday night when the Nets lost 112-101 and Harden was visibly furious.
Harden was restricted to just four points while suffering from a painful right hand and a hamstring issue.
He asserted that his injuries had no bearing on his performance, but when asked about the team’s situation, he said: “There’s a little bit of everything here. We’ve lost six straight games.
“I believe we’ve spent too much time discussing. We need to get out there and do it on a regular basis.
“It’s definitely frustrating, it’s definitely difficult, but we have to find a way to get out of it as a group. Keep chipping away, a day at a time, that’s all you can do. Come together, even closer, even tighter.
“We have times where we’re great and we have times where we’re really bad. We have to find some consistency throughout the course of games, more times than not.
“We have got a lot of different things internally and we’ve not had any continuity yet, but there’s nothing else to do but keep going, keep pushing forward.”
One of the most striking takeaways from the loss to the Kings on Wednesday night was that Harden and Irving combined for 74 minutes against the Kings, during which time they only made seven field goals and had ten turnovers.
Is the former league MVP concerned about his team’s failure to break out from its current funk?
“There’s no concern,” said Harden. “We have different line-ups, we have guys in those line-ups with injuries and the like.”
“There is no concern we don’t have our entire team when this is happening to us. We are just trying to figure out what works best. Which guys fit, which guys don’t. It’s all a process.”
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