It all starts on Friday night when Brooklyn will host Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the front end of a back-to-back. The other half is possibly even more difficult. The Nets will travel to Indiana to play against the Pacers. After a home game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn will host the San Antonio Spurs.
The Nets already went on a three-game road trip against the Pacers, Spurs and Thunder late in December into early January. They were blown out by the Pacers and Spurs. And then their season started to change for the better. They overcame a 17 point deficit at Oklahoma City to come back and win on a Joe Johnson game-winning jumper.
Starting with that game against the Thunder the Nets have gone on to win 10 of their next 12 games. They were just 10-21 on the season entering that game.
On Friday night, the Nets will welcome a red-hot Kevin Durant. The superstar has been on an absolute tear. His numbers are just staggering, through the month of January, Durant is averaging over 36 points per game, shooting 54% from the field, making 2.6 three-pointers per game and converting on over 41% of his attempts from three-point range, averaging over 11 free throw attempts while making over 88% of his attempts, and he's grabbing six rebounds while dishing out six assists per game. Those are front runner MVP numbers. The Thunder will also bring a nine game-winning streak to town.
Next, Brooklyn will be in Indiana to face the team who currently holds the best record in the NBA of 35-9 and are 21-1 at home. Paul George is a first time All-Star starter as he has been outstanding all season. Roy Hibbert is one of if not the best defensive players in the NBA. He will surely join George in the All-Star game. David West is always a difficult matchup for any team due to his physicality in the post. George Hill is a solid point guard who can score and is a terrific defensive player. Then there is Lance Stephenson. Before the season started no one would have said that Stephenson would be an All-Star. Now that he's turned himself into an outstanding all-around player, he is a legit candidate to make the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
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