There were many questions about whether or not Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving would be able to find a way to share the ball this season. Well, if the opening game is an indicator of what’s to come, that won’t be a problem. They both started off hot, scoring a combined 27 points in the first quarter putting the Nets up by as many as 21 in the first period of action.
This came against the Golden State Warriors, one of the NBA’s greatest dynasties, and KD’s former team. Now, there’s no question that this is a different Warriors team than a couple years ago, with Klay Thompson out, and Andrew Wiggins being the guy trying to fill KD’s absence, but they’re still a solid team.
The Nets made it look easy.
Kd and Kyrie dominated and got plenty of help from the role players, namely Caris LeVert who scored 20 points of the bench. With Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris, Landry Shamet, and Jeff Green on the roster, this team is loaded with shooters to take pressure off of the super stars.
For the Nets to dominate Golden State so handedly, is a statement to the entire league: They are to be taken very seriously this season.
The dominance came on the same night that LeBron James and Anthony Davis received their honorary Micky Mouse rings.
One that they received by beating the injury plagued Blazers, the small ball Rockets, the inexperienced Nuggets, and the Heat who’s top playoff scorer and shot blocker were hurt.
Let’s not forget who LeBron avoided: The Warriors dynasty who he went 1-3 against in his 4 titles appearances in Cleveland, the Milwaukee Bucks who choked against the Heat but were surly the better team, the Clippers who choked against the Nuggets but were surly the better team…
Seeing a pattern here?
It was the easiest path to the NBA Finals since LeBron was on the Miami Heat.
Unfortunately for the Lakers, the night’s festivities were spoiled by the Clippers who beat them by 7 points. They were lead by Paul George who had 26 of his 33 points in the second half. He promised to be better this year after signing his massive contract, and so far, he’s off to a good start.
I won’t get my hopes up though; not until I see Pandemic P do it in the playoffs.