After surprisingly going 5-3 in the NBA Bubble, the Brooklyn Nets entered the 2020 playoffs hoping to surprise the NBA world, but that was not the case.
The Brooklyn Nets had a very interesting 2019-20 season, and the ending wasn’t any different. A season that started with the additions of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and DeAndre Jordan, ended with a starting lineup that consisted of Jarrett Allen, Garrett Temple, Tyler Johnson, Caris LeVert, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot in their final game of the playoffs.
The Nets looked absolutely horrendous in their four games against the Raptors and were among the first teams to get sent home because of it. The Nets lost their four games against the Raptors by a combined 82 points, letting up a total of 505 points over only four games.
You don’t have to know basketball to know that is absolutely horrendous, and with that, the Nets were sent home looking forward to next season. In game four, the Nets let up 150 points, the sixth most points scored by a single team in NBA playoff history.
The crazy thing is, that’s not even the craziest part about game four, that would be the fact that their bench scored a collective 100 points, the most in NBA History. The Raptors had four players notch double-digits off the bench, with Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell scoring 27 and 29 respectively, leading the Raptors in scoring.
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The Nets on the other hand had only one player score more than 13 points as Caris LeVert went for 35. However, Brooklyn did have five players notch double-digits.
Overall, the Brooklyn Nets were horrendous in their series one dismantlement at the hands of the Raptors. The good news for the Nets and their fans is that this won’t be the team they put on the court next season.
With Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, and several other players presumed to be suiting up for the Nets next season, they will likely be much better than the team they put on the court during the 2020 playoffs.
Overall, the Nets’ performance in the NBA bubble, and specifically the first round, is not a sign of what’s to come for the Brooklyn Nets. That being said, sit tight Nets fans because the team on the horizon is a lot better than the team you’ve been watching.