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On a Thursday morning, we had highlighted a coming out of the Atlanta Hawks win 1 31 18 Nice performance.
Great team performance from the starting unit, especially with the strength of three point shooting from Tori on Prince and Garrett.
Temple obviously liked what we saw there from their efforts, but now, as we start to look ahead here, we have ah, sandwich, basically made up of two games away and then home against the Charlotte Hornets and in between there a match up with the Denver Nuggets.
We, they're just acting out on recorded this morning with Doug Nori that episode will be up later today, probably in the mid morning early afternoon, so you can check that out where we go over a couple of injury updates, dive into the Atlanta Hawks game, certainly in some more detail about what we liked about this roster on, then get into some possibilities, as we know, mentioned it.
Wilson Chandler coming back from suspension soon, It will require some level of roster moves to get made for the Brooklyn Nets.
But all that is gonna be covered on the podcast would be sure to go over and check that out later today when it arrives here.
One of the things that we mentioned a couple of broadcast ago was wanting to just dive in on this team.
Take a look at the first quarter of this season and see what we can glean from this roster.
Obviously, it's been it's been a little bit tricky knowing that you don't have a Kyrie Irving on the floor for you now for would actually one of the tip. It's out of the podcast.
I didn't realize he hasn't been on the court since November 14th.
Uh, Caris Levert, November 10th was his last game on the floor, so I don't know how close they were on as Doug Nori finally let me know.
That's the quality of doing a podcast with a guy like him.
The time flies when you're having a great time talking Brooklyn Nets basketball.
So you know we have been a ways away.
Uh, go over to the podcast if you want to get more in depth about the injury until he's back on the court.
I won't spend too much time on SportsCastr talking about that injury.
Then certainly, we can dive into some of the details as more things come out and we really just touch on it there on the podcast anyway, when we take a look inside this, we have noted wanting to go into the first quarter this season, when the Nets were at that 0.
10 and 10 now rising above to 11 10 following his victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
What can we learn from it? You go back into that November 14th the last game that you saw from Kyrie.
Irving gets injured in that Denver game at the Denver Nuggets.
101 93 lost there for the Nets At that point in the season, the Nets are four and seven.
Still, I'm sorry.
That was the Denver Nuggets at that point are looking there.
So you start to dive into this and you think About what? What did we see up to that point? And then what have we seen over the stretch of games following it, that it basically comprises 21 games? I mean, listen, knew it would come out to an 84 game season, but we're right there at that point.
So we know that early in the season you go over those first handful of games.
Minnesota, New York, Memphis, Indiana, Houston.
You know that structure Gate even going all the way, really all the way up to and including that November 10th the last game that we saw a carousel averting that 1 38 to 1 12 loss to the Phoenix Suns.
This is where I think you still we're seeing the Nets doing couple things poorly and still trying to figure out some stuff.
Right? Kenny Atkinson mentioned this, and if you were following the podcast along the way, Doug Noreen were talking about how at what point do you raise some of the warning bells for this Brooklyn Nets team because you're talking about them in that stretch of games.
Certainly you lost.
What was it? A couple.
A couple of bad losses? Losing to the Pistons.
I mean, at this point probably looks a little bit worse than it did at the time.
Losing to the Indiana Pacers doesn't look so bad now, but you lost 10 point game there, 1 18 to 1 away in the first meeting.
They again they got blown out later without caress or Kyrie in the roster again as well.
Losing the Minnesota Timberwolves early seemed like a bigger deal than it was now feels like Maybe it's a little bit more.
Not acceptable, but Minnesota's played better than we expected.
They played a little bit hotter, coming out of the gates of cooled off a little bit since then.
Overall up, you know, like wins against the pelicans.
Okay, one of the hanging your hat on and games beating the Portland Trail Blazers.
Well, that one doesn't look nearly as big as it did vote.
Now, with the addition of Carmelo Anthony, you're seeing the Trailblazers team find some balance for themselves as well.
The Phoenix game loss doesn't look as bad as Phoenix is having a better year than people anticipated.
Taking a big leap forward for them with Rubio now they're blended in with some of that young talents is certainly they're having success.
But, you know, a lot of these games just felt like, you know, losing to Utah, losing to Denver.
That's where you started to come out of Utah's the first game without Caris, Levert than the injury in the Denver game.
But 1 19 1 14 103 93 1 of 103.
Rather, you didn't feel too bad about it.
But early in the season, turnovers were a massive issue.
He highlighted this on the Atlanta Hawks, podcast Nets and the 15 turnovers in this past game after having basically been averaging well, that average now just over 13 on the season.
For a stretch of games.
They were averaging 20 turnovers a game, and that obviously spells disaster.
We could go inside the numbers on a couple of these games without walking through, you know, each and every game over the 1st 21 here, but you go inside that game against Let's say, you know, you look at the Minnesota Timberwolves, right? Let's turn the ball over 16 times in that game, you lose it by a point.
It's a big bloke gain debut for for Kyrie.
So a lot of things to like about that there in the big debut, you lose a home game.
You're not going again.
You're not gonna hang your hat head to low coming out of that one as I wait for the there.
We get this Internet Open running here the next game.
You know, we'll gloss over that.
You get into, you know, go that Indiana Pacers game 1 18 to 108 loss there early in the season.
And as you dive into the numbers, they're on that one.
And of course, it won't go right to it for me.
While I have a little bit of a technical difficulty.
Here we go, getting back into that 1 18 toe.
Wanna weight loss to the Pacers early in the season? You get into that full box score, and once again you find yourself looking at a stat line here for the Brooklyn Nets will turn the ball over there you go.
19 turnovers in this game, right? Shot 44% from the field and 32 from beyond the arc.
You talk about now just nine turnovers for the Indiana Pacers, so they're protecting the ball well.
19 9 difference.
The final scores, 1 18 to 10 wait.
Now that isn't an apples to apples comparison, but it's certainly plays an enormous factor in these games of being close enough to give yourself an opportunity late.
Then you also highlight the 17 of 20 fromthe line for the Indiana Pacers.
85% nets, 16 of 26 61 a half percent.
So again, you're talking about a team that knocks down a fairly high percentage but the point differential in terms of what you could have converted, leaving other 10 points out on the floor free points at the line there.
It's certainly another area that you want to see this team work on, and we watched ah, take a look to see how Jared Allen did in this one early this season, so he only goes to a three in those 22 minutes at the line remember, this is also when they're rotating between DeAndre Jordan and Jared Allen starting games.
That certainly has become a thing of the past, and that's one of the highlights over this 1st 21 games.
You know that you're working something different.
Rotation down can be a result as injuries, playing a factor and then just needing to go with what makes the most sense.
But I myself as a as a Brooklyn Nets purist and fan over these last handful of seasons in a long term fan.
But these last handful of years since we got in Jared Allen, I thought that he put on a little bit of weight in this offseason to taking the next step in his game, and you wanted to see him go to that next level.
And I think you've seen that evolution in this game, and I was beating the drum and very much.
Doug Nori supported this with is perspective on DeAndre Jordan that he should be the starter for this team, and that has been the case now over this last stretch, you move on down that line there just to highlight this over these early games.
November 2nd they take on the Detroit Pistons.
You walk into that, you know, going to that full box score.
You're talking about a game.
Ah, that you came up, What? 10921 13.
So you lost this game by four points.
You go inside those numbers Just 14 turnovers in this one.
But on the other side of the ball, eight turnovers for the Detroit Pistons.
So they protect the ball.
Well, this is one if I'm not mistaken.
Where? Yeah, Nearly.
The entire starting lineup for Detroit Pistons was out in this one, and you still managed to come up short there again on Lee.
17 attempts of the line in that game. 76%.
He allowed 23 of 29 nearly 80% for the Detroit Pistons.
So when you talk about those factors again, out 14 isn't the worst case scenario from a turnover perspective.
But your plot your minus six in the turnover battle, and then you're also giving up an extra 10 point differential.
She meant the free throw line, and in a game where you had so many players out, it was only drumming and this was that that big 20 rebound, 25 point performance for him back there in early November.
That really was just for me.
It was It was a really big disappointment.
The Nets weren't able to attack more around the basket, get him into foul trouble.
But I believe this may have been that game aware in 18 minutes.
Action 37 from Jared Allen.
Just wanted to with the line again.
This is starting rotation minutes for DeAndre Jordan, who never got to the line.
And this one has to be a disappointed from that standpoint.
And then you talk about, uh, excuse me some of the struggles here, Kyrie Irving in 33 minutes. Eight of 21.
So, you know, again, we're not gonna die over dissecting these early games.
But what you were seeing was inefficiency at the free throw line.
Was a big problem for them.
Jared Allen highlight.
It was the highlight for this over the course of the start of the season, we could go inside his numbers a little bit as he's turned that around.
But when you talk about the first, let's go all the way through there, right? This is a team that was one in three out of the gate.
You talk about going to getting yourself back closer to 500 3 and four is You won three out of four, beating Houston, the Pelicans in Portland with that loss to Detroit there in between.
And then you go on a three game losing streak.
Phoenix, Utah and Denver.
And right there, that's where that's it.
That's that cut off.
So all this on you if you were Ah, what we say you're so your four and four as you walk through those 1st 8 games and then you lose three in a row and you drop yourself down to a foreign seven level over these last now 11 games.
We had that four game win streak in there over Charlotte, Sacramento, New York and Cleveland.
You can obviously notice that those aren't necessarily the biggest of the highest level of competition there.
Teams with records below 500 but Windsor wins in the n B.
You did lose to the Pacers in a blowout loss there on the 18th.
That's just, you know, two games removed from now losing Kyrie and Caris Levert.
And then you also got that winning at Chicago sandwiched in there as well.
So you take away those games.
Chicago, Charlotte, Sacramento, New York, Cleveland.
Okay, And now you've beaten. Now you'd be in Atlanta here.
That's six out of the seven wins that we're talking up here for this team over those last 10 games.
Well, they've come against relatively sub apart and be a talent.
You know, you take a look here at the standings and will highlight it is quickly highlight those teams on what their records are.
Not that, for the most part.
We're all aware, right? You beat Chicago Bulls 18 14 Cavaliers five and 15 Atlanta Hawks five and 17 for and 17 New York Knicks.
We got one win in there.
I'm trying todo Charlotte Hornets.
You also be nine and 14 and then you're talking about getting a win against the Boston Celtics.
Mixed in. There are five and 15 team.
So are we beating up on? The teams are supposed to certainly, uh, you know.
But without two of your starters, these are games that do become toss up and I think other teams look then at the nets and say, in spite of the fact that you are 11 intent now, these air winnable games for them.
We lost a close game to Miami down the stretch.
I think you just saw, you know, a little bit of running on fumes.
For Spencer, dimwit is certainly the start of the game against Atlanta.
We highlighted on the broadcast on Sports Caster here that just sluggish man three days off.
Look like you thought that this would be the opportunity that's come out and really just popped their chest against the Atlanta Hawks, Both teams really just playing to a snail's pace in that first quarter.
Certainly, second quarter gets turned on for the Nets, at least, But even those point totals they put out 34 in that second quarter felt like boy, you know, how did they get to 34 points in this one? And then in the second half, you saw them when you get a little bit of a rhythm.
And then, obviously, Garrett Temple carried the load here in this one with Tori on Prince contributing as well.
Uh, the takeaway is that I think you can have and we'll go into.
Let's start with we'll start with the obvious right to use a Doug Nugget here did.
Insanity breaks out.
So after Kyrie Irving goes down on the 14th for the Brooklyn Nets, you go into the numbers here.
We'll show all of the stat lines for him.
Going back to that right.
This is a game where, as we go there, is starting at the 14th.
So now, going forward, what we've seen from him the 14th he comes in against against Amber losers, right? Six of 18.
Not a great shooting performance in 35 minutes.
Gives the 17 points.
Goes for five from the line.
Now follows that up with a 14 of 15 fromthe line performance.
So means attacking at the basket against the Chicago Bulls on Lee, five of 11 from the field.
It's okay not doing not not a great shot from beyond the arc in this one.
Give you 24 points in 30 minutes in the wind.
The loss against the Pacers.
9 to 2143% from the field again.
6 to 7 from the line.
Solid performance gave you eight assist in that one as well follows up with another eight assist performance against the Charlotte Hornets, where he goes 37 minutes seven of 18 almost about 39% from the field, struggled with his shot.
Gives you 20 points with the four rebounds.
Eight assists, the two steals in this one.
We're nice for him as well, on controlling it, only having the two turnovers from the point guard position.
It's certainly acceptable, you know.
So you start to highlight through these numbers for win Point totals over Sacramento in New York and Cleveland 23 30 and 23.
UH, assist totals going back to that benchmark Listen going all the way back to that game, where he takes over for Kyrie Irving 4488749 The last two games in those two games in Boston, 11 and 11.
So certainly dialing up the assist numbers.
The facilitator numbers that picked up over that stretch for the most part field goal percentage.
Ah, couple of outliers.
Where Irving went down against Denver, 33.
Follows it up with 45 40 to 38 53 41 41 1 Really bad clunker there against Boston at 26% But other than that has really shown a fairly good consistency from the field.
The three point percentage is not a strength of his, so you know he's gonna be sporadic in that.
And certainly over the course of over the course of November, he shot 32% there and over the stretch of following the injury to Kyrie Irving, you're talking about a guy who's shooting 50%.
28 Miss goes over 2000.
Clunker it over 53481 for 52486 for a big performance.
Oh, Ford in this Atlanta matchup as well, Listen, he's gonna be streaky from beyond the arc, so you have to kind of give him I think at least those three or four attempts a game to see what you're gonna get out of him.
But what we know is over that stretch of games, Spencer dimwit He affirmed that what he does in that second unit is something that he tend to in the starting unit.
For you, it stretches that he can and he does have another level to his game.
I would say possibly beyond what people thought, we always highlight this about when you extract you started out more minutes.
It doesn't mean that every stat line just goes up, but for in Spencer did made his case.
He has been able to show that ability, and we're talking about a guy who over the regular season, now in 21 games, giving you almost 30 minutes shooting a little bit better than his career.
Percentage of 42 a half rate where you re where you think you would be a 31 32% from the from the 33 point line, 86% at the line.
So he's taken that up a notch from 80 81 for his career.
And then the assists numbers have jumped by another one there, and certainly the Steel's right around where you want it to be.
And the point totals over just a career average of now getting you basically four more minutes per game.
He's seen an increase from 12 points to almost 21 points.
So this is a guy who gets consistent runs.
You're seeing that that rhythm starts to get going for him, so it will be interesting to see as Kyrie Irving comes back and gets healthy.
How does Kenny Atkinson try to find the right style of minutes for Spencer Dignity, where it feels like he's not only able to get it going for himself, but also for his teammates around him? And that means making sure that Tori on prints or now, with the nice thing we've seen is Garrett Temple, who should go back to the second unit when Caris Levert comes back, has shown some offensive output as well that if you have Spencer demeaning the second unit and your feather in Joe Harris a little bit or it's touring on prints that crosses over Garrett Temple has been the guy that's gone in between over on popcorn dot net.
Seeing that when these started units, Transition Temple has typically been a hold over.
We see it twice throughout the two games ago, not yet up here for the Atlanta Siri's, but you're seeing him flex over.
So then now he and Spencer dignity can have familiarity and continuity in that second unit.
Hopefully, Oh, you see, you know, Sorry, Spencer Dinwiddie able to carry over this type of production when his role is certainly going to adjust as we move into a healthier stretch here for the Brooklyn Nets.
Hopefully, we, uh, we go ahead and back ourselves up here and we'll take a look at another player over this stretch of time.
Garrett Temple highlighted him.
Is being of the team high here in the Atlanta Hawks? Siri's, certainly.
But when you go into his numbers over these last handful of games, you want to take a look at what has he done that since Kyrie Irving is gone while actually going back? One more game of prior to that, right? Because then you're talking about Ah, Caris Levert going down.
And that's where when Garrett Temple inserted, got inserted into the starting lineup, filling in that void going.
It's one game with Kyrie Irving, but certainly you'll like what you like.
What you seen over him.
Let's highlight his last 10 games without going in game by game, necessarily on him over the last 10 shoot, giving you 33 minutes shooting 33 43% from the field.
Excuse me, 38 a half percent from beyond the arc, just 63% of the line giving you almost four rebounds, three assists, coming up close to a block in a steel per game as well in averaging 13 points now, obviously, he jumps it there at 27 in this last performance here on the season, though, he's basically writing those numbers.
We've seen his three point shooting go up a little bit from this season.
Average on, and certainly the point totals have taken a three point about three point jump there as he's gone from 27 minutes up to 33.
But defensively is where you're looking for him.
We highlighted is on this Hawks game as well.
Ignore it, ignore it myself.
Speaking is that idea of when you look at guys and trying to qualify what their value is on the court for you? It's difficult when you're talking about a guy who's supposed to be a defensive stopper.
One of the things that we did highlight on the broadcast as well is how these guys they brought in to veterans to replace veterans.
We did our postgame coverage there last night, our last night here on SportsCastr and talking about how the veterans they brought in are certainly replacing the guys from last year, the tomorrow carols of the world and then also bringing in some other different elements of their game.
So I think you're seeing Maur complete players that have been brought into this roster that could do things defensively, can contribute offensively and then also have the mental a***en toe.
Understand the system pretty quickly, pick it up and start to run with it over the course of the season.
Career numbers on, uh on.
Garrett Temple here He's averaged 40 40 41% from the field, so he's rate rate on those numbers against similar a little bit better, actually taken almost a 2% uptick.
Take that for what it's worth and then over this season as well, has been a 76 free throw shooter.
So seeing that go down a little bit over this last 10 games stretch was firing off a little bit hot there at the start of this season.
To have those numbers balance out, you know, the 10 point average, but then giving you 13 points a little more offensive output.
That's 27 number certainly is going to, you know, take him up in that direction.
We take a look just back over his last five games, which include a balance of easy opponents in Atlanta and ah, the Cleveland Cavaliers, then sandwiched in between their three games home in home against Boston and then the Miami Heat game he gave you going in reverse order here, 27 7 12 20 to 7.
Right? So you see how some games he's not gonna be there as far as the offensive prowess goes in.
Those games where he shot seven did still shoot 30 43% from the field in that Cleveland game.
The game against Miami, just 25% didn't give you much from downtown, either. In that one.
Where you wanted to do with primary damage doesn't get to the line.
But in this game against Miami did have six rebounds, five assists, still contributing.
Then again, that's where you go inside the numbers as far as the defense prowess that he's giving you how he's able to impact the game from that standpoint.
Oh, but by and large he's giving you some nice offensive outputs given you consistency on the defensive side of the ball.
And he's a guy that you can hang your hat on now and know what you feel like you have in him.
Of course, that will highlight here what we won't go into necessarily.
I think Tori on Prince is a player.
We talked about this and Kenny Atkinson's postgame remarks looking for just consistency from him.
They gave him that two year extension almost immediately at the early part of the season.
Over the last 10 games for him, he's averaging 14 points, giving you 73% from the line, 42% from beyond the arc, actually, just shooting 39% from the field.
But this is where we highlight him because we talk about consistency right.
60% against Atlanta, 21% from the field against Miami, 38% against Boston, 40 from against the side of the first game there in Boston.
Cleveland, 50% from the field.
So not not bad numbers there.
But if we were to say, Ah, taking a look at those stat lines and going over all you see just some of the inconsistencies that you've gotten from him on a game to game basis, We highlighted this in the Atlantic game, saying, uh that if he gets a couple tries to go from early, then it feels like he has his rhythm and he's good to go.
If he struggles, though, it's hard for me to get it back on you, said Spencer.
Dinwiddie struggled in the first half but then found his rhythm in the third and fourth quarter and gets himself a pretty decent stat line by the end of it.
Taurean Prince hasn't shown the ability necessarily to do that.
Doesn't mean that he can't.
But you start to go back down these lines here, and those field goal percentage is little bit inconsistency.
We go all the way back to, let's say no, you know, November 10th shoot 60% there, 66 but then 33 30 27 40% from the field against the Charlotte Hornets, giving you 20 points 33 than 43 50 40 37.
These last handful that those those games Cleveland, Boston, Boston and then uh, giving you a clunker there against Miami and coming back on here.
So, you know, over these last five games 50 40 37.
5 21 and then 60.
You have one real big outlier there against the Boston Celtics at home and that other than that, though, you felt like you were getting some pretty consistent output from him.
And that's all you're looking for.
Certainly, he and Temple have combined to be pretty effective there from the outside on the season, shooting at 42 started 42% for November in December.
Now, early returns even better at 43.
8, almost 44% for him.
So you're getting solid output from some of these new additions on the team and over this in the last 10 games stretch.
I think it's allowing these guys that certainly grow a little bit into the rolls, and we're seeing them get a couple of easy W's here.
This is a team now 11 and 10 right now.
We talked about this first half of the season, the first quarter season.
Excuse me in terms of what you can take away from it.
There's some of this chatter, and I talked about it a couple of times.
I'm not going to belabor the point.
Some people talked about how well look how well Spencer did what he has played.
You know, the team was struggling with Kyrie.
Couldn't get wins, you know? Did what? He's as good as Kyrie Irving.
Is that the case? Not diminishing Spencer Jim Moody.
But obviously, Kyrie Irving is a top whatever you want to put him 78 10 talented league.
Move the needle for your team in terms of wins and losses.
And ultimately, is a guy that on the Balkan do things that nobody else can do in the league and take over games in that regard, when you talk about those 1st 10 games and knowing that you're going to need to have ah, Tori on Prince New player Garrett Temple, New Player, you were gonna have Kyrie Irving New player.
DeAndre Jordan New player.
Uh, Kenny Atkinson was certainly trying some different things in terms of the rotation there everyone getting involved on the same page with the system.
That's something that Doug Nori highlighted for us when we were talking about the early struggles that listen, our guys learning the system in practice.
Yeah, but practice is not.
The biggest thing is, I thought on the court where you're going to get the continuity and rhythm.
So over the early part of the season, turnovers were a huge issue for this team in the 1st 10 games.
Will say now in this back 10 have done a better job protecting the bull.
You've seen better continuity all those sloppy plays where you're looking for Garrett Temple to baking a back cut as Tory.
Sorry, Joe Harris tries to find him out there on the perimeter, but instead Tori on Tori On or Garrett Temple thinks they should be cutting to the basket.
Miscommunication ball out of bounds, right? Trying to get some dribble handoffs going where maybe you think that Joe Harris is crawling around Spencer Indemnity or Kyrie Irving is gonna come around.
Take that hand off from Jared Allen, then roll to the basket If you're Jared out.
Instead, it's a fumble where Kyrie Irving is looking for the handoff or takes the handoff, and now Jared Allen's automatically making that dump to the to the rim.
Or maybe he needs to be holding his block a little bit longer for Kyrie Irving to get him an open opportunity to find in a shooter, create a shot for himself.
A lot of those airs were eliminated over, you know, on the back end of those 1st 10 games and now over the second stretch, you certainly seen everybody playing a lot better, more consistent on Maur with war continuity across the board here for the scene.
So we've like that over this last 10 games stretch.
I know that you can look and say, Well, the struggles early with Kyrie and now without him, it's not what it is.
Just about the volume of games playing together.
And as Kyrie comes back into the roast, this rotation, I think you're gonna see that same level of continuity.
Now go to another level because you'll get to see again.
Garrett Temple and, uh, Spencer Dinwiddie worked together in that second, you know, a little bit is where maybe maybe still another week or two away.
Ah, the least another week or two away from caress the vert coming back.
But when he does now, the second unit's gonna have a little bit more continuity there on some of these other players have had some looks like a nawab a Even certainly Shumpert has gotten his minute shares.
We'll have to now see with Wilson Chandler coming back, how it impacts the roster.
But I think they found their rhythm right.
We found kind of that.
Kenny Atkinson, Brooklyn Nets style basketball that we've been so used to these last few years, here and now, As you wrap this one up at 11 and 10 you now we're going to take a look.
This next structure games, right? So what will say is we were trying to figure out when we think you'll see Kyrie back.
You know he's not coming back for Charlotte.
Maybe the second.
Charlotte came at home there.
If not, though, let's say he misses those handful of games next three games with her.
I think you still wanna win two out of these three matchups.
Then we move into the rest of this schedule here, and let's take it what we want to look at, right? Let's just go.
Those next 20 games with reporters rate at that mid season mark, you're talking about games at Charlotte home for Denver, home for Charlotte.
You go on the road that three of the next four are difficult stretch there because you'll get at Toronto home for Philly.
Winnable game there against the Pelicans.
And then San Antonio is San Antonio.
You know, they they were coming on a little bit getting some wins here struggled early, but I think that's just Popovich trying to find the pieces and get everybody in the right place.
She never take that game for granted.
Then you get shoot games at home against the Hawks and the next very winnable.
You'll go on the road against the Rockets and the Minnesota Timberwolves, plus Dallas and then home for the Toronto Raptors.
So that's another difficult four game stretch.
Where you certainly could say, is that three out of four, that you're losing their tough matchup.
We beat Houston earlier in the season.
It's an offensive battle there, and I think maybe as long as you have a healthy Tyree back then you're talking about getting into a little bit of a shoot out with James Harden, and you could feel like you could get a win.
But those are going to toss up games and then you follow up with at Orlando, and then you'll get Oklahoma City in Miami at home with actually four game home stand there with the Atlanta Hawks and then Utah Jazz, so we'll just let me just do a quick tally up here with 369 that gets you down.
Thio 12 15 18 1920 So 20 games would cap you off in January 18th at home against the Milwaukee Bucks.
And that's going to come, though rates smack in the middle of the finishing the home stand against Utah on the road for the Sixers and then 20th.
But then you have home for Philadelphia and the Lakers, and then you'll get into a road games against Detroit and the New York Knicks before you come back for Detroit again.
So you have a soft landing after that, because then it's followed up again with home unions against the Chicago Bulls and then going on the road for the Washington Wizards.
So there's a soft landing after a very difficult stretch, and that's what we're gonna catch, though in the middle of it there that January 18th matchup at home against the Milwaukee Bucks.
So we're gonna run through these numbers.
We're going to go win totals.
We know down to the Bucks.
You're talking about 20 games.
So how many games can we win? Let's take Charlotte.
Let's take take both games against Charlotte.
Let's get that Pelicans win as well.
We'll take wins against Atlanta against the Knicks will take a win, Let's say against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Have a game. They're against Houston as well.
But we're gonna pull one out there. We'll take that win.
Ah, let's go ahead and grab It went against Orlando and against Oklahoma City.
And then let's get that win against the Atlanta Hawks.
They're at home before we get into what is that difficult stretch home.
Utah at six years and then at the Milwaukee Bucks, I got I got nine there, right? We got nine victories there.
The games that were not including inside of that would be toss up games.
I mean, the Denver game is a winnable game, potentially, but it's going to be a hard match up.
If you don't have Kyrie yet.
Let's say the Kyrie then does come back healthy and gets involved here.
San Antonio becomes a game.
Maybe you can win.
You take a look at a game against the Houston Rockets? Certainly, and then you talk about another match up with the Miami Heat at home there and then, you know, even the Utah Jazz, the ones that are difficult for me to look at those last two games.
Ah, 76 years in Milwaukee Bucks.
I have a hard time looking at those being victories.
One is the Milwaukee Bucks and even the Philadelphia 76 years with figuring some things out in their season still very big.
And those are gonna be difficult matchups for.
So I can't look at those with a lot of these there and say, Oh, we could get a victory automatically there and then a game like that.
Turn to Toronto games those.
I think you're gonna be very hard matchups for us, certainly.
So, you know you have the guaranteed losses over the structure.
We say we have nine guaranteed wins.
I would chalk up Toronto right now.
I would say, you know, it won't be all three because we cap it just before the third game of the season against the Sixers, but Toronto 70 Sixers, another game against Toronto.
You want to even start to take that Denver Nuggets game and maybe say that's a loss.
Going down the list there, I'd say Utah, Philly, and then the Bucks that write such seven games.
So you're talking about being maybe nine and seven on winnable on the lock up, winning lost games there, and then you have the four game swing that's going to be the big difference about the Miami game of the Utah game.
You know, some of these other ones there, but what what we're saying is, here you talk about nine guaranteed wins, all right, so now you gotta try to squeeze out a couple.
Maybe here gets a 10 or 11 over this 20 game stretch, you can.
Even I can't even see a way where I'll do this quickly.
I know we don't want a bog ourselves Stand is running through your schedule lines here.
But if you if you win, if you can be Charlotte in Charlotte and then you go down that list and you get New Orleans, you get that W there, get the San Antonio win, take Atlanta and the Knicks, maybe get that win against Minnesota, and then either the Dallas or the Houston Rockets game get one of those winds to go beat Orlando beat Oklahoma City, and now you're talking about being in 10 wins with Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks as possible.
You get yourself maybe up to 12 right? So anywhere from that, if you're talking about being reasonable, if you can win another 11 games over this 20 game stretch knowing that you're just taking off the board here about whether or not you can come up and beat a Toronto once or Denver or you know the 70 Sixers Utah, the Milwaukee Bucks games, right? Even the Dallas Mavericks throw some of those into that mix there.
That means that I could do the hard math here.
If you can win 11 games over your next 20 that's gonna get you to 22 wins and, ah, over the next 20 gonna lose nine.
So you'll be a 22 in 18 22 At 18 you can run that run that over the course of the season, you're talking about being at that 44 45 win total.
That's right in the wheelhouse of where we want to be if you're the Brooklyn Nets and what the expectations should be when you come out of the 1st 20 games of the season and you look back and say that we have not had for half of those games.
We have not had our best player and then arguably come into the season who be identified as being a second best player.
You can debate that now in Caris, Levert and want to see how it plays out the rest of the season.
But you have not had two of your best scores easily to your best offensive players. Certainly.
Ah, and arguably your two overall best players.
Certainly your best player has not been on the court for half of your season and you're one game above 500.
Now look ahead to the second set structure games.
If you can get a guarantee of having, let's say 15 out of these 20.
Excuse me that you'll have Kyrie Irving back on the floor for you.
That's gonna move the needle, and we don't know what this team can be when he's on the floor.
And did anybody gets back into his role in that second unit when Garrett Temple could be a little more flexible? The depth right here, right now, for this team is so paper thin.
The bench role is really you're talking about.
Starting unit has to win or lose these games for you, and that is basically it.
We've seen some pop ups here and there from guys and had some nice performances.
The defensive presence of Amman Shumpert.
A little bit of 10 point runs here in the last couple of games leading into the Atlanta matchup for Nevada, and you've like those and you'll take them and put them in your pocket and feel great about it.
But when Kyrie comes back, the impact that he has on the rest of this team is going to reach out there.
And then you start to look at maybe grabbing a couple of these games over this 20 game stretch.
But it's time to get to the All Star break.
I'd like to be able to upend the Nets and to be at excuse me, 22 wins, and that's talking about going 11 and nine again over this next 20 game stretch and then you go into that second half of this season and as we talked about here is the big one, right when you go through that Milwaukee Bucks game, then you're talking about being at the midway point of the season.
Ah, you know, and being 22 sorry, being 22 18 right through the extra game right now at 11 intent.
But you're 22 18 then you're gonna have difficult matchups.
You go home against the Philadelphia 76 years home against the Lakers.
Then you talk about that next stretch of games, though, and I'll take it all the way to February 5th from January 25th 2 February fifth.
You're going to get at Detroit at New York, home for Detroit at, Ah, home for Chicago at the Washington Wizards.
And then, and then you get home for Phoenix, home for Golden State.
That's a seven game stretch.
I don't know where the health of Golden State will be at that point.
I don't know what Steph Curry's injury status is, but you're talking about seven games there where I would expect to win five of them, right? You want to say, maybe you lose a game to the Phoenix Suns? Potentially.
Maybe you lose one of the games to Detroit.
It's hard to win against the same team over games like that.
But those are certainly winnable games.
If you win five out of those seven and then you're talking and then if you lose those 1st 3 games following Sorry, those 1st 2 games against the 70 Sixers and the L A l A Lakers.
Okay, so you know, you went, you went five and to really get going five and four.
When you include those games again, you're out of the gate.
Five and 49 games to do, plus one.
Over that stretch, you get into a difficult run against Toronto.
Indiana Toronto 70 Sixers again.
And then guess what you're playing The Easter get backed up with Charlotte, Orlando, Washington, Atlanta.
Right, So these little pockets keep coming up and I think with a healthy Kyrie and then when Caris Levert comes back, you're going to see those air gonna be The Structures were basically you're talking about beating up and going three out of four against the lesser competition and then trying to go 500 sometimes pull out of three and to run over a fine game stretch against some of the better teams in the league.
We are going to get beat up against Biggs.
When you look around, the Lakers are going to be an incredibly hard match up.
The Bucks are gonna be hard with the honest, obviously, the EVP certain 76 years.
But this is a team.
You can walk down the line on this schedule and basically you can start to pace yourself out towards being a 44 45 1 team.
And then over this next stretch is about how does this team change now? The 1st 10 games were struggle, finding continuity, finding rhythm, fixing the turnover issues, starting to hit your free throws.
You know all those things, getting into a rhythm from beyond the art.
Now we see that over the last 10 games as Kyrie comes back in here, what can this Team B now? Eliminating turnovers, making their free throws and now having a guy like Kyrie Irving on the floor, who can, Who can go off as we've seen Spencer Dinwiddie do over these last 10 games, who can facilitate and get easy looks for his teammates like Spencer Dinwiddie and then getting guys back into some other familiar rules so very excited to look over and see what happens here.
Deacon drastically dictate how we look over that second half of the season, but again, if I'm sitting here in and around the All Star break and we're talking about being a team that's in that 20 to win area, I think we're right on pace where you thought this season was going to be before you had injuries to Kyrie and Caris.
Levert, which means your prospects for the second half of the year and then long term thinking about when Katie comes like next year, have to be elevating even more because I really do think that you seen Maur from this team.
Given that given what's happened with injuries over the 1st 20 games, 21 games of the season, then you would have expected coming in.
And it's one of the things that Doug and I discussed about on the podcast.
You go over and check this one out here.
Doug's thoughts about what his expectations were as you saw these injuries happened for the Nets and then what he's seen over these last 10 games.
11 games in the absence of Kyrie Irving, that will do it for our Thursday morning wrap up here on the We got Nets podcast coming to you live on the SportsCastr platform.
We had our highest play by play follow total there against the Atlanta Hawks.
Doug Nori came in live with us for the third quarter and did a little bit of Doug.
Nuggets certainly took us away from some of our play by play calling there.
We talked a little bit.
Broad stroke N B a stuff way.
Identify players and what you can expect from guys and certain rules trying to quantify defensive presence from these guys on.
And there was a lot of fun.
I think we got some nice interaction there as well.
So maybe something that we do.
Ah, handful of times as we go forward when Doug has some availability.
But it was our highest watch total there.
We certainly appreciate everyone's been checking in with us.
We appreciate you checking in here with us on the Thursday morning as we highlighted.
One of the things that we're gonna start to do is well, going forward to start to give you some player profiles, talking about some of the new additions to the team and highlight what they've done in their career, where they came from, even at the college level and maybe even some or the personal side of stuff.
So we want to try to start to build out the content here, things that we're not gonna be able to spend a lot of time on the podcast, certainly as we go game to game throughout the season.
But I can always offer these up and highlights in the same.
They talked about first quarter review here, probably said first quarter of the season review.
But, uh, you know, coming in and just saying Player profile, Garrett Temple or Jared Allen getting into the coaching staff as well as we did have some turnover from last year to this year.
Some assistance moved on to different roles.
Some guys in the front office also moved on.
So for all things we're not just talking about on the court, we're going off the court and up into the organization as well.
I want to make sure that we're giving you as much content as you can possibly handle.
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Nets will have a match up tomorrow night with Charlotte Hornets, and, uh, I'll be coming back in for the live play by play coverage on that as well.
And then I'll check in again tomorrow as we hope that maybe even later today, I'll try to dive in just on so many other injury updates that we may have seen.
But more than likely, uh, if I do come back on tonight, what I'll do is try to take a look at a team around the league.
Maybe we'll see if the Denver Nuggets have a game tonight so we can highlight that potential matchup, were looked down the schedule a little bit and see games where we expect to Hye Ri Irving to be back for the Nets and how they're gonna match up.
So maybe alive looking on an endgame around the league, I have been trying to get it going and get that schedule up on social media so you know when you can expect me on here, and I will continue to work towards that goal.
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