The Brooklyn Nets open the 2020-2021 NBA season as the very first game being played this year going up against Kevin Durant’s former team, the Golden State Warriors. Here is my Warriors at Nets game preview for the evening.
We have to address the elephant in the room right off the bat, this game would be so much different if superstar SG for the Warriors, Klay Thompson was playing. Unfortunately, he prematurely ended his season while running with his dog in California in the offseason, suffering a season-ending Achilles injury. That happened after missing the entirety of last season with an ACL tear. Get well soon, Klay.
Warriors at Nets Game Preview – New Look Nets
Now let us get into the game preview with the players who are actually playing, the Nets starting lineup for Tuesday night will presumably be Kyrie Irving, Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, Kevin Durant, and Jarrett Allen. They will match up nicely against the small-ball, get open and shoot Golden State Warriors who will be starting Steph Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Oubre Jr, Draymond Green, and rookie center James Wiseman.
Kyrie Irving guarded Steph Curry in three straight finals and Kevin Durant was his teammate for two full seasons, they are all very familiar with each other’s game. Kevin Durant also played under coach Steve Kerr for 2 seasons, he knows exactly the way he coaches and plays big men with range.
Durant is also a matchup nightmare wherever he lines up on the floor so do not be surprised if we see him play some Center in this contest to intimidate the rookie James Wiseman. With Joe Harris and Caris LeVert spacing the floor and creating shot opportunities for the two stars and Jarrett Allen being a beast on the offensive boards. This is as good a Nets team that we have seen since 2001.
Warriors at Nets Game Preview – Wise Warrior
The Warriors took James Wiseman with the number 2 overall pick in this past draft after he played less than half of his college season because of some off the court issues by the NCAA. Klay Thompson had gotten hurt after the draft or the Warriors likely would have selected LaMelo Ball to replace him at shooting guard. Both rosters are fully healthy now, the Warriors have gotten used to life without Klay and the Nets are getting used to life with their two superstars running the floor.
Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre Jr are going to have to try their best to fill Klay’s shoes in this one, but I do not see it happening considering Klay averaged 24 points per game when he was healthy and Oubre and Wiggins combined averaged 26 points per game last year.
Joe Harris is coming off his best season as a pro, averaging 15 points per game while shooting 43% from three, also making his first all-star weekend appearance in the 3-point contest that he ended up winning!
The most difficult part of tonight for the Nets is going to be how they attack the paint with the former Defensive player of the year, Draymond Green still in the mix in Golden State. If the Nets score more than 40 points in the paint, they should have a cakewalk to a win.
Warriors at Nets Game Preview – Predicting the Future
The Nets should win this game and here are three more reasons why. They are at home against KD’s former team, all the brand-new coaches want to make a good first impression, and they want to make Kevin Durant’s Nets debut more spectacular than Kyrie’s was. I just wish the Brooklyn faithful could be there in person to witness another historic moment in the Nets franchise history.
My official score prediction in 112-98, Brooklyn Nets win this one.