Exhausted Nets need dwelling enchancment vs. Pelicans

The Brooklyn Nets have been unable to outlive a fourth sport in 5 nights of their third totally different time zone with out Kevin Durant and continued their latest droop at dwelling Thursday with a blowout loss.

Durant is predicted to return from his relaxation and the Nets look to keep away from going underneath .500 at dwelling Saturday evening once they host the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Nets will return to the ground after an exhausting stretch that noticed them eke out an time beyond regulation dwelling win over the San Antonio Spurs in a midday sport on Sunday, fly to Portland for the second evening of a back-to-back and play a late sport in Chicago on Wednesday. After their blowout win over Chicago, the Nets arrived again in New York early Thursday morning and began their sport in opposition to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder an hour later than regular.

The additional hour didn’t assist because the Nets trailed for the ultimate 43-plus minutes in a 130-109 loss to the Thunder. Brooklyn trailed by 12 after the primary quarter and allowed 70 factors by halftime. It continued a latest skid at dwelling and the Nets dropped to a pedestrian 11-11 at dwelling whereas shedding for the sixth time of their previous seven dwelling video games since Dec. 18.

“One a part of us is glad to get this week over with,” Brooklyn coach Steve Nash mentioned. “Touring throughout the nation and enjoying 4 in 5 nights. Time zones and late video games. Early video games and all that stuff, I felt for our guys just a little bit making an attempt to get some juice tonight.

“We did not play properly. That is positively a part of it and people guys performed very properly. It was powerful. You’ll be able to simply inform it was a troublesome ask for our guys with all of the journey and enjoying.”

Durant enters with a streak of 12 straight video games with a minimum of 25 factors that tied the franchise document he set final season. He scored 27 in 30:02 Wednesday in his third-fewest minutes of the season and has scored a minimum of 25 in 29 of the 35 video games he has appeared in.

New Orleans is 8-5 in its previous 13 video games and has scored a minimum of 110 factors in 9 of these video games, together with Thursday’s 113-89 win over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers.

Brandon Ingram scored 24 factors on 10-of-19 capturing and is averaging 27.8 factors in his final 4 video games following a three-game stretch the place he shot 8-of-39 (20.5 %) and sat out two video games with a sore left Achilles.

“B.I. (Ingram) is enjoying at an especially excessive degree; he can decide and select his spots,” Pelicans coach Willie Inexperienced mentioned. “The sweetness in what he is doing is that he is trusting in his teammates, and while you try this, the sky is the restrict of what you are able to do offensively.”

Jonas Valanciunas can also be enjoying properly of late for the Pelicans. He totaled 18 factors and 16 rebounds on Thursday and has a double-double in 5 of his previous seven video games and 29 general.

The Pelicans are attempting to halt a six-game skid to the Nets, who scored a minimum of 120 factors in 5 of these video games. Brooklyn claimed a 120-112 win in New Orleans on Nov. 12 when James Harden scored 39 and Ingram sat out with a bruised hip.

–Area Stage Media

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