Webs forward Blake Griffin. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports).
With injuries to Kyrie Irving and James Harden dimming the Brooklyn Nets firepower, Kevin Durant and others should step up in the playoffs.
That now looks like a flash in the pan. He hasnt scored in double digits in the three video games since. Hes shot 40 percent or even worse in the Nets two losses while maxing out with 7 rebounds.
Going into the 2021 NBA Playoffs, there were 3 players the Brooklyn Nets wished to remain healthy. 2 of them are now injured.
James Harden didnt go a minute into the 2nd round before he suffered a hamstring injury. Kyrie Irving sprained his best ankle in the 2nd quarter of Game 4.
Now the series is connected 2-2, and Brooklyn needs to stop things from spiraling. Here are three Nets who must step up with Kyrie Irving and James Harden out.
3. Blake Griffin.
One of the very best storylines of Game 1 was Blake Griffin stepping up after Harden came out injured. The veteran forward looked far from cleaned up when he scored 18 points, got 14 rebounds, dished 3 assists and hustled for 2 takes.
Unfortunately, that now looks like a flash in the pan. He hasnt scored in double digits in the three video games given that. Furthermore, hes shot 40 percent or worse in the Nets 2 losses while maxing out with 7 rebounds. Hes taking threes and hes not striking.
Brooklyn might use a lot more of Game 1 Griffin.
Kevin Durant cant do it alone. The truth that Irving was still the Nets second-leading scorer despite playing simply 17 minutes in Game 4 is a problem.