Last Updated on Jan 06, 2022 04:08 PM
|Match Date & Time:||2022-01-04 06:00 AM (IST) |
2022-01-04 12:30 AM (GMT)
Brooklyn Nets will lock horns against Memphis Grizzlies in NBA 2021-22 on Tuesday, 04 January 2022 at 06:00 AM IST
James Harden is having the best stretch of the season, he has scored 30+ points in the last four games while routinely handing over 10+ assists and grabbing 10+ rebounds.
With another 30+ scorer like Durant, you get 60+ points or so from the two superstars these days along with quality rebounding and playmaking.
This duo helps open up the shooting and driving lanes for players like Mills and Aldridge who can dip in a combined 26-32 points every now and then.
Nic Claxton has also benefitted from the open spaces created by the two superstars, scoring 10+ regularly now.
What is the concern then? A thin bench without Joe Harris and Kyrie Irving in the picture for most parts.
A bench that earlier had Patty Mills as the platoon commander of the second unit, still, the Nets can’t be taken lightly with its duo of Durant and Harden who can seize momentum.
Yes, they have lost two in a row but hey, they have 20+ wins and just around 10 losses, which is a great number.
Memphis turned around the season in December and the improved defense and the ability to close games have given the Grizzlies a huge lift.
A team like Hornets can learn from Memphis as Grizzlies were squandering 30+ points a quarter regularly just in November but now they are playing a much better brand of defense, not depending on the offense alone.
The offensive side is full of terrific options, Bane can produce 20+, Morant has been clipping past 30 regularly these days.
Jaren Jackson is more than a decent option while someone like Brandon Clarke can find a spark off the bench.
With Steven Adams at the Center position, the team gets 3-4 hustle baskets every game, and the Grizzlies offense has versatile elements.
Now, the team will await the return of Dillon Brooks, who can dip in 20 or so regularly as well while Melton who is also in COVID-19 protocols can eclipse 10 points mark regularly. Now, here, against the Nets, the Grizzlies defense will need to show up once again.