Kyrie Irving doubles down on Nets’ goal to make the playoffs amid losing streak
The Brooklyn Nets aren’t expected to make the playoffs due to the absence of one Kevin Durant. However, Kyrie Irving is confident that he could lead this team to the playoffs in spite of the bizarre losing streak they are experiencing at the moment.
The Nets endured another hiding from the Milwaukee Bucks, but Irving chooses to keep his chin up and prepare his teammates for the second-half push that should get Brooklyn enough wins to sneak into the playoffs.
Bleacher Report’s Michael Scotto was present when Irving was asked about his aspirations for the team, and he expects them to be around the same place the Nets were last year with D’Angelo Russell running the show.
Kyrie Irving on the importance of making the playoffs for the Brooklyn Nets: That’s a successful season. That’s still a goal is to make the playoffs. It’s not like we’re going to pack it in. When I say see where we end up, it’s in that 6, 7, 8 spot.
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— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) January 19, 2020
One of the reasons that can be blamed for the Nets’ terrible run this season is Kyrie Irving’s condition. He’s only been available for 15 of Brooklyn’s games this season, and the Nets mightily struggled during the period of time that he wasn’t there. While Spencer Dinwiddie did a good job deputizing for the Nets, Irving was just important to how Brooklyn has played this season.
During the time that he was available to play, Irving was nothing short of stellar. He’s averaged 26.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.4 steals a game. While his attitude off the court has raised more than a couple of eyebrows and red flags, his on-court abilities have become something that is something that Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson cannot live without.
Of course, nobody is expecting them to make a deep run in the coming postseason. Their real season begins once Durant returns from the ankle injury that will keep him out for the entire season. Until then, it will be up to Irving to take this Nets team as far as he could.