It has been an up-and-down, one-step-forward one-step-back form of a season for the Brooklyn Nets. Their subsequent 4-6 weeks may go down, again, and off to the facet as resident MVP candidate Kevin Durant will probably be sidelined for that span. The Nets in the present day announced the outcomes of an MRI, which confirmed that Durant had suffered a sprained MCL. His 4-6 week return timeline was reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Halfway by means of the second quarter of the Nets’ 120-105 victory in opposition to the New Orleans Pelicans, Herbert Jones had the ball on a quick break when he lowered his shoulder into opposing defender Bruce Brown. When Jones made contact, Brown misplaced his steadiness and rolled into Durant’s leg. Brown has taken some criticism on social media for injuring his teammate. Some individuals imagine that Brown flopped unnecessarily, particularly since he was known as for a defensive foul.
Choose for your self, however it seems to be just like the referee missed the decision. It’s arduous for me to imagine that Brown flopped as a result of he wasn’t even in place to take a cost. Brown was attempting to play protection when Jones got here barreling down the court docket and put his shoulder proper into Brown’s chest. Jones’ arm even leaves his physique after he makes contact. ESPN’s Zach Lowe wrote in his Friday column that Jones’ “ludicrous arms seem all over the place without delay.” Sure, Jones has arms the size of a superhero cape, however that doesn’t imply he needs to be allowed to make use of them like he’s Derrick Henry.
The foul being known as in opposition to Jones as an alternative of Brown after all could be no even alternate for arguably the perfect participant within the NBA possible dropping a month and a half of the season, however at the very least it’s one thing. It’s a turnover for the Pelicans, and a foul in opposition to considered one of their starters in a recreation the Nets have been going to win anyway, however justice would’ve been served. As an alternative, poor Bruce Brown received caught with a defensive foul as a result of the referees didn’t acknowledge a basketball participant making a non-basketball play, and he additionally acquired a heaping pile of social media slander.
Not solely does this imply NBA followers are going to overlook Durant within the All-Star Game subsequent month, however it may hurt the Nets within the standings. The Nets haven’t received consecutive video games since Dec. 25 and 27. Though they demolished the first-place Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, they rested Durant the following day and misplaced to the Thunder. The Nets completed the week a typical 2-2, and are nonetheless a half recreation out of first place within the East, and the Miami Warmth are a half recreation behind them in third place.
In an uncommon accident, the Nets are going to learn from the truth that 11 of their subsequent 14 video games are on the street. Which means so long as Kyrie Irving is wholesome, he’ll be capable to take the court docket within the majority of their upcoming video games whereas Durant is out — this may additionally be a time to begin paying those fines and get Irving on the court docket full time.
The Nets have their work reduce out for them, however so long as they keep out of the play-in rounds they’ll have a shot at a championship with Durant, and his league-leading 29.2 factors per recreation, due again after the all-star break. So, people, lay off of Bruce Brown. He’s a try-hard NBA participant who’s able to spectacular dunks. These gamers are normally fan favorites, and he wasn’t even attempting that arduous when he rolled into Durant.
I’m positive Brown feels dangerous, and as humorous as lots of the tweets are, let’s reduce the poor man a break.