There’s bully-ball. Then there’s no matter sort of beating New Orleans gave the Nets.
The one advantage of Brooklyn’s 130-108 loss to the Pelicans was Kevin Durant and everyone else got here by it unhurt. Apart from that, it was about as disastrous a season opener as they may’ve pictured of their nightmares, bodily dominated earlier than 18,003 at Barclays Middle on Tuesday evening.
Brooklyn received hammered 36-to-4 in second probability factors. Let that sink in and marinate, earlier than shifting on to the very fact they received outrebounded 64-to-41 and outplayed all-around.
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Zion Williamson dunks the ball towards the Nets on Tuesday.Corey Sipkin
Ben Simmons made his long-awaited Nets debut, becoming a member of Durant and Kyrie Irving in a brand new Large Three. However Wednesday they appeared like a Large One, with Durant the one one excelling and the opposite pair alternating between poor and invisible towards New Orleans and a returning Zion Williamson.
Durant did his half with a game-high 32 factors and 4 blocked photographs. However the remainder of the Nets assault appeared impotent and inefficient. They created some makeable seems to be, however couldn’t knock them down. Most likely as a result of they have been busy getting knocked round by New Orleans.