Sacramento Kings • Brooklyn Nets • NBA • James Hard: Nets’ losing skid continues
When it comes to basketball, the Brooklyn Nets aren’t having a great season right now. The Nets had dropped their previous five games and were winless in their previous ten games coming into Wednesday’s game against the Sacramento Kings. As a result, the Nets’ losing streak continued in Sacramento, where the Kings won their sixth-straight game with a 112-101 victory.
James Harden, the Nets’ leading scorer against the Sacramento Kings, was abysmal from the field and missed all five of his three-point attempts. He had 12 assists, but it was his scoring that Brooklyn needed against the Kings and he failed to deliver. A game in which Harden has played at least 30 minutes has never seen him score as few as four points. As for Kyrie Irving, he had a disappointing game with 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting, while Nic Claxton led the Nets in scoring and rebounding with 23 points and 11 boards.
A post-game press conference with only team members was shot down by Harden when asked about it.
As a result, the Nets have been playing sluggishly since Kevin Durant’s MCL injury a few weeks ago. The Nets have a 2-7 record and are currently ranked 6th in the Eastern Conference as a result of Durant’s absence. After Harden voiced his displeasure with the team’s early-season performance, the recent struggles of the Nets serve as confirmation of those sentiments.
Because we aren’t healthy, Harden said, “Of course I’m frustrated.” “For some reason, there is a lot of inconsistency. It doesn’t matter what you call it. But, yes, it is a source of angst. Everyone here is frustrated, because we are better than our record suggests, and we should be on the rise. I believe this. I believe this.”
A season ago, even without Irving’s unvaccinated status, the Nets were seen as the odds-on favourite to win the championship, and Brooklyn still looked like a dominant team capable of winning it all. Part-time players Durant and Irving have both been sidelined recently due to injury. This season, Harden has also had his share of ups and downs. Since his rookie season, he’s been averaging the fewest points of his career, and his shooting percentages are at their lowest level since his third year in the league. Harden has been sidelined for the past two games due to a right hand strain.
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