The Brooklyn Nets don’t avoid dramatization, yet it has held them back from battling for a title this season.
In the first place, Kyrie Irving’s refusal to get the COVID-19 antibody restricted him to only 29 games this year. Then, at that point, James Harden communicated his despondency in Brooklyn and passed on challenges prior to getting an exchange to the Philadelphia 76ers.
But it didn’t stop there.
Subsequent to getting Ben Simmons for Harden, the previous presently can’t seem to play a solitary game for the Nets. He hung out in Philly because of an exchange solicitation and his psychological wellness, however he has since managed a back issue in Brooklyn.
It appeared as though he would at long last make his season debut in Game 4 of the Nets’ first-round series against the Boston Celtics, particularly since his group is following 3-0. Notwithstanding, Simmons has apparently let Brooklyn know that he has had more back touchiness, and he will presently miss the game.
The 2017-18 Rookie of the Year has, obviously, got a ton of fire for this. The last time we saw Simmons on the b-ball court was the point at which he stifled away an excursion to the gathering finals for the 76ers. Presently, he’s avoiding an end game, regardless of getting the very thing he needed with his exchange out of Philadelphia.
NBA legend Reggie Miller was among those to reprimand Simmons. He utilized one tweet to impact the 25-year-old totally.
Reggie Miller blasted Ben Simmons
The insight about Simmons missing Game 4 broke on the evening of April 24, barely 24 hours before the challenge between the Nets and Celtics in which Boston can finish a series clear.
The three-time NBA All-Star was cleared for contact last week and had roughly 10 days of no aggravation, as per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Thus, considering that – joined with his refusal to play for the 76ers recently in the midst of his exchange demand – many have contemplated whether Simmons is reluctant to make his Nets debut experiencing the same thing. Some, explicitly Reggie Miller, are in any event, scrutinizing his intensity.
“Cmon MAN!!! Out for Game 4 when it was reputed you planned to make your introduction. This fella has ZERO serious [fire],” Miller tweeted. “As little an opportunity as the Nets need to return this series, you actually have KD and Kyrie, all you want is to dominate ONE match and take it from that point.. #ManUp”
Cmon MAN!!! Out for Game 4 when it was rumored you were going to make your debut. This dude has ZERO competitive 🔥.. As small a chance as the Nets have to come back in this series, you still have KD and Kyrie, all you need is to win ONE game and take it from there.. #ManUp pic.twitter.com/Y5smcnQkqZ
— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) April 24, 2022
Mill operator played during a time wherein everybody played through wounds. Numerous players actually do today (simply ask Joel Embiid, who is playing with a torn tendon in his thumb), however a search under any circumstance to remain off the court.
Simmons’ standing has disintegrated since last year’s meeting elimination rounds in which he arrived at the midpoint of 6.3 focuses on 4.7 shot endeavors in Games 5-7. This most recent episode isn’t helping him.
The Nets still have Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant
On paper, the Nets should still be OK. They are down 3-0 but have two of the best players in the world in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
However, the Celtics have defended them tremendously this series.
Durant is averaging 22.0 points through three games on an atrocious 36.5% shooting. He’s also recording 5.7 turnovers per game. Irving had 39 points on 60% shooting in Game 1, but the seven-time All-Star scored an average of just 13.0 points in Games 2 and 3. He also shot 33.0% from the field in those games and missed all of his three-point attempts.
Considering Boston’s excellence, the Nets essentially had a tiny chance of completing the comeback with Ben Simmons. Without him, it seems almost impossible.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference