Durant and Irving, keys to Brooklyn’s victory

From the hand of Kevin Durant Y Kyrie IrvingBrooklyn beat as a visitor to New York for 110-98 in classic New York. Thus, the Nets reached the record for 42 wins and 38 losses, which places it in the 8th position of the Eastern Conference and in positions of playoff towards the playoffs. Durant was the game’s top scorer with 32 points while Irving contributed another 24.

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This was not an easy season for Brooklyn, despite the fact that prior to the start of the championship, a survey by the United States NBA site of the 30 managers of the NBA franchises gave it as favorite to win the title thanks to the powerful trio that included Durant, Irving and James Harden. Neverthelessthe Beard went to Philadelphia last FebruaryDurant was out several games for injury and Kyrie Irving he missed many games at the beginning of the season due to his reluctance to get vaccinated against Covid-19a fact that did not allow him to play local games due to restrictions in New York and that deprived him of playing as a visitor by decision of his own team.

Durant was the game's leading scorer with 32 points and Irving had 24. (AFP)

Durant was the game’s leading scorer with 32 points and Irving had 24. (AFP)

But as time went on, the restrictions were relaxed and, initially, the former Boston was able to play the away games and, later, from March 27, the games the Nets played at home. From that moment on, the balance was 2 wins (vs. Houston and Detroit) and the same number of losses (against Milwaukee, the defending champion, and Charlotte).

With two games to go, Steve Nash’s team already knows that they will not be able to qualify directly for the playoffs and that they will have to face at least one game to reach decisive instances. Today that match would be against Cleveland (43-37, 7th), against whom they will play this Friday at home. The last duel will be this Sunday, at home against Indiana.

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New Yorkers, likewise, cannot be neglected, since they share a record with Atlanta (8th) although in direct duels, the first tiebreaker in case of equality at the end of the season, they favor the Nets.

Who is qualified for the playoffs?

The regular phase is coming to an end and there are already several teams that have booked tickets for the qualifying duels. Through the Western Conference they entered Phoenix (1st), Memphis (2nd), Golden State (3rd), Dallas (4th) and Utah (5th). It still remains to define a direct classification place and the teams that fight for it are Denver (6th), with Facundo CampazzoY Minnesota (7th), by Leandro Bolmaro.

Denver, with Campazzo, must secure its place in the playoffs.

Denver, with Campazzo, must secure its place in the playoffs.

The Colorado franchise is up two games with as many games to play. However, the Timberwolves still have a sliver of hope: They must win their two duels, which will be in their stadium (vs. Spurs this Thursday and against Chicago on Sunday) and hope that Denver lose vs. Memphis (this Thursday at home) and Lakers (Sunday, also at home). LDirect duels between the two favor Minnesota.

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In the Eastern Conference, the six that will enter directly are already known: Miami (1st), Boston (2nd), Milwaukee (3rd), Philadelphia (4th), Toronto (5th) and Chicago (6th).

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Durant and Irving, keys to Brooklyn’s victory