As of today, the Brooklyn Nets have lost six straight games, their longest losing streak of the season. Will the Nets turn it around before it’s too late?
After last night’s loss to the Orlando Magic, the Brooklyn Nets are now 16-19, good for eighth in the Eastern Conference. Not many teams will be lucky enough to have the eighth-best record in their conference after losing six-straight games.
During this losing streak, the Nets have allowed at least 111.5 points per game, which is almost identical to their points allowed this season (111.7). They currently stand thirteenth in this category, ahead of the New York Knicks by .1 points allowed (111.8).
Additionally, the Nets managed to score an average of 99.5 points per game over that span, which is ten points below their seasons’ average at 109.7. That puts the 17th in the NBA. So, clearly, Kenny Atkinson and the Nets desperately need some consistency on both ends of the floor before their playoff hopes slip away.
Caris LeVert’s potential impact
Throughout the course of the 2019-20 season, the Brooklyn Nets have had a difficult time staying healthy. Their most alarming injury has been Kyrie Irving‘s shoulder, which has limited him to only eleven games this season. Another important player who succumbed to injury was Caris LeVert. He was expected to have a breakout season alongside Kyrie and Spencer Dinwiddie.
Unfortunately, LeVert has struggled to consistently stay healthy over his four-year career, which has led to the Brooklyn Nets struggles on both ends of the floor. He recently made his return after missing twenty-four games straight because of thumb surgery.
At his best, LeVert is an above-average defender and is capable of averaging over twenty points each season. LeVert is currently averaging 16.4 points (career-high), 4.5 rebounds (career-high), 3.7 assists, 0.6 steals, 43.5 percent from the field, 39.5 percent beyond the arc (career-high), and 63.6 percent from the charity stripe in an average of thirty minutes per game.
Hopefully, the former Michigan Wolverines standout can stay healthy for the remainder of the season and lead the Nets into the playoffs for the second-straight season.
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Despite being riddled with injury throughout this season, Spencer Dinwiddie has been able to keep the Nets afloat during his breakout campaign, which definitely warrants his first All-Star nod.
Undoubtedly, the Nets have struggled thirty-four games into this season without Kyrie and LeVert, who have played in a combined twenty-one games. With LeVert easing his way back into his rotation and eventually into a consistent contributor, the Nets have more than enough time to secure a prime playoff spot by the conclusion of this season.
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