PHOENIX, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 16: Brooklyn Nets’ James Harden # 13 and Kevin Durant # 7 celebrate  after Harden scored a three-point shot against the Phoenix Suns in the dying moments of the second half of the NBA game at Phoenix Suns Arena on February 16, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona The Nets defeated the Suns 128-124 NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photograph, user consents to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images license agreement (Photo by Christian Petersen / Getty Images)
With their 112-108 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night, the Brooklyn Nets made franchise history
Brooklyn won its sixth straight game and completed a perfect 5-0 swing on the West Coast with back-to-back wins over the Lakers and Clippers the two favorites of the Western Conference It was the longest lossless road trip in franchise history
And in case you’re not careful during those late night games, the Nets have won the last four of this trip without Kevin Durant as he sits with hamstring strain
So are James Harden and the Nets wondering how good they could be once they put Durant back and his 29 points per game on the floor?
– Yeah, sure Even when Kevin comes home it won’t be easy Harden said after racking up 37 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds – We still have to play the elite defense and offense, so it’s not going to be easy Obviously it helps a lot…
He added: “But our state of mind, no matter who’s in the lineup, who isn’t, it’s the same mindset every game and we can”? ??? t wait for him to come back Obviously we don’t want to rush as there is the big picture but we only take one game at a time and whenever he decides he is ready and in good shape health it will reinsert itself into the lineup and we will continue this bandwagon ??
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 02: Brooklyn Nets Kevin Durant # 7 and James Harden # 13 react  in the second half against the LA Clippers at Barclays Center on February 02, 2021 in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York York City The Nets Won 124-120 NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photograph, user consents to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sarah Stier / Getty Images)
Durant, who just had operation during the offseason for Achilles, missed five of six games in the winning streak, playing just February 13 at Golden State and for 20 points, six assists and five rebounds. played only three of the Netsâ ???? 10 games this month due to hamstring tracing protocols and NBA Covid-19 – and in one of those games he only played 19 minutes against Toronto
– Kevin, I don’t have an update, – Nets coach Steve Nash said on a pre-game zoom – He’s improving every day and it’s really positive, but I couldn’t tell you when his return is But I reiterate that we are all optimistic and confident that he is improving at a rapid rate and that he will be back soon…
Still, the Nets have managed to beat the Kings, Suns, Lakers and Clippers without him while showing they may have turned the corner defensively. They are now 20-12 and just a half a game behind Philadelphia for the No 1 seed in the East
As they return to Brooklyn for a three-game home stay starting Tuesday with Sacramento, they prepare to welcome a limited number of fans to Barclays Center
Whether these fans will see Durant play it remains to be seen, but it could be scary hours Once Durant returns He’s 7 averaging 3 rebounds and 53 assists to go with his 29 points He’s scored 20 points in all but one game this season and has scored 30 nine times He’s been picked to start the game of the March 7 stars in Atlanta, but it stands to reason he could stay away depending on how he’s feeling
– We need him in every way, â ???? Kyrie Irving said of Durant – Whether he’s down or not, he makes this thing work We came here with a plan to be able to build something here in Brooklyn, and I think for now, winning six times next, all it does is keep the world quiet for a bit
And then wait until we hit a bump in the road, then that’s it, what’s up with the Nets? So I think we just take both polarities and stay the course and the destination is to get to that main stage and earn our way first and foremost. Nothing is given, so we will continue to enjoy the tripâ ????
Adam Zagoria is a basketball and tennis insider who contributes to the New York Times, NJ Advance Media, and newspapers nationwideHe is the author of two books and a
Adam Zagoria is a basketball and tennis insider who contributes to the New York Times, NJ Advance Media, and newspapers nationwideHe is the author of two books and an award-winning filmmaker He lives in Manhattan with his family and their dog
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