Brooklyn reached the halfway level of the season sitting at 26-15. They got here into Friday one-and-a-half video games behind the Eastern Conference-leading Bulls, whom they completely thrashed Wednesday in Chicago.
Of course, that win got here with the Big Three enjoying collectively for simply the second time all season. Kyrie Irving’s absence resulting from his refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccine has overshadowed virtually all the things else, however when all three stars are on the court docket, the Nets are 16-3 since James Harden’s arrival.
Right now, trailing the Bulls (and Heat, because of an earlier loss) isn’t overly spectacular, however the Nets are going to be judged in May and June, not January.
Still, to get perspective on the a part of the massive image we’ve seen thus far, let’s break down the person elements in our Sports+ midterm report card.