The team’s performance will depend on Kyrie’s status and its effect on team chemistry. If New York’s COVID mandate softens up, then Kyrie will be able to play full-time. But it doesn’t end there. How will his part-time play right now affect team chemistry? Who takes the alpha-dog role in the team? Unless they’re able to resolve these issues, then expect the Nets to be just another bystander watching the title fight from the sidelines.
The Nets have been clawing and scratching to get a chance at that elusive crown. Durant and Harden have had to work double-time to keep the team in contention. To have Kyrie play in only half the games mocks the very essence of teamwork.
What is evident at this point is that – despite the credentials and the overflowing talent – all is not well in the Nets’ locker room. And it will take a super effort – and a lot of sacrifice from all sides – to successfully traverse this emotional minefield that threatens to blow up the Nets’ locker room.
The Western Frontier has the heavyweight gunners in the league. Watch them as they try to knock each other out of the playoff picture.
Who will be crowned King of the ‘New Norm’ kingdom? Who will survive the fast and furious fight to the finals? In a battle of quick skirmishes, fast schedules and less time to mend ailing bones, the team with the deeper bench will win it all.
The teams are so competitive, and the playoff match-ups will be crucial. Each team must have a ready foil for the type of weaponry employed by their adversaries. Be it a long-range missile, a fast-firing machine gun, a big battering ram or a small silent bladed weapon up close, the defense must be prepared with an answer.