The NBA released their schedule for the 2019-2020 season . Eager for more basketball, the fans had their countdowns ready for 3pm. There is no shortage of must-watch games this season since the league has essentially been reset with the Brooklyn Nets being one of the teams to hit the reset button the hardest.
This off season we had superstars switching teams, iconic franchise players changing jerseys, and all-star talent demanding trades. It has been about 10 years since there hasn’t been a clear-cut obvious choice to make it to the finals.
The Brooklyn Nets are ready to make noise and are poised for a playoff run. With the additions of Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, and most importantly Kevin Durant will have them in finals talk for years ( When Durant returns from his Achilles injury). Returns, rivalries, and fun matchups have the Nets 12 nationally televised games(ESPN or TNT). Let’s take a look at some highlight games to watch.
Home Opener- October 23,2019 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Nets will open up against the Timberwolves who finished 36-46 last season. Karl-Anthony Towns is an emerging talent who is already in the top 20 in the NBA. They also have Andrew Wiggins who has underwhelmed at this point in his career and has a lot to prove this year.
Brooklyn will finally be formally introduced to their new point guard Kyrie Irving. He was a Nets fan growing up and is ecstatic to be a part of the culture brewing in BK. The fans will be ready to rumble and eager to welcome their new players.
Kyrie’s Homecoming- November 27,2019 @ Boston Celtics
Kyrie and the Celtics had an ugly divorce that both sides would love to forget. Early last season Irving told the fans he had planned on signing with the team long-term. Contrary to what he said, his mind changed and a shift in his mindset occurred. The media has said that he was a bad teammate, egotistical, and for lack of a better term, a cancer to the team. The Celtics responded by signing all-star point guard Kemba Walker. Anticipate a barrage of boos when the Nets take a trip to the TD Garden. Two top tier Eastern Conference teams going head to head should be electric.
D-Lo Returns- February 5, 2020 Home vs. Golden State Warriors
Brooklyn’s success last season was largely due to their first-time all-star D’Angelo Russell. After being shipped off from the Lakers, Russell grew as a player and a person. The fans loved him and his excellence on the court took the team in a direction that wasn’t expected for years. D-Lo was collateral damage in the Nets blockbuster-ridden offseason. Adding Kyrie and KD left no room for Russell. Instead, the Nets facilitated a trade to send him to the Warriors in exchange for a condition first round pick. This trade gave him the opportunity to win a ring next to Steph Curry, along with a max contract. D-Lo will be welcomed home with open arms and full hearts.
Other notable matchups
October 25, 2019- Home vs Knicks: This will be the first time the crosstown rivals will face off. With a lot of talk about the Nets now being the “big brother” team, this game should have a lot of energy. They play 3 other times this season and New York bragging rights are up for grab.
March 12, 2020- @ Golden State Warriors: This game may not seem much more than a star-studded matchup. While unlikely, there is a minuscule possibility that Durant could return earlier than expected from his Achilles injury. According to some, KD is progressing nicely and there is a sense he could come back in March. It remains highly improbable but it’s something to keep an eye on.
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