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Kyrie Irving influence downplayed by Cam Thomas after Nets’ loss to Rockets

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For some inexplicable reason, the Houston Rockets are on fire right now. They beat the Kevin Durant-less Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night, 114-104 to extend their winning streak to seven games.

For some inexplicable reason, Kyrie Irving still refuses to get a COVID-19 vaccine. But even without him, the Nets are doing perfectly fine. Just ask rookie Cam Thomas, who had a solid game against the Rockets with 18 points off the bench on a bevy of impressive shots.

After the contest, he was asked by reporters if he’s patterned some of his moves from Irving. The young guard got quite honest (via ClutchPoints’ David Early).

“No that’s my game before I got here. I always did stuff like that. Of course, you see (Kyrie), you ask him questions, but I always had that. That’s my game really. I’ve been doing that since I was a baby for real.”

Thomas stepped up admirably in the absence of Durant, carrying the scoring load for the second unit. As he confidently said, the former LSU standout has always been a talented scorer, so his performance against the Rockets isn’t exactly surprising. He even lit it up for the Nets in the NBA Summer League.

Thomas’ fellow Nets rookie David Duke Jr., meanwhile, was more gracious with his praise of his superstar teammates. While he hasn’t played a lot, the two-way contract guard, is simply soaking it all in, being in the same team with Durant, Irving, and James Harden.

The Nets dropped to 17-8 and will next face the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.