Nets ‘coming for everyone’ as they look to make another statement

CLEVELAND — Even by the Nets’ league-best eight-game profitable streak, individuals nonetheless questioned the value of these wins, the standard of the groups Brooklyn was beating. 

Until Friday’s complete mauling of Milwaukee. And after taking Christmas off, the Nets’ confidence is sky-high heading into Monday’s conflict with fellow-contender Cleveland. 

“We’re coming for everybody, man,” Nic Claxton mentioned throughout his on-court interview after the Bucks win. “We’ve had a lot of disappointment over this season, these past few seasons. But things are rolling. We’ve just got to keep it going.” 

The Nets knocked the 2021 champions off their perch atop the Eastern Conference. Now they’ll tackle the Cavaliers, who’ve one of the best level differential within the league. 

“It’s a big win for us,” Ben Simmons mentioned of beating Milwaukee. “Next game is Cleveland, so [we have to keep it].” 

Nic Claxton dunks during the Nets' win over the Bucks on Dec. 23.
Nic Claxton dunks throughout the Nets’ win over the Bucks on Dec. 23.

After passing their check in opposition to Giannis Antetokounmpo, now Claxton (and to a lesser extent Simmons) may have to take care of All-Star middle Jarrett Allen. 

Claxton is the successor to and substitute for Allen. Brooklyn traded Allen partly as a result of it couldn’t pay him, and likewise as a result of the Nets wanted a first-round decide to get James Harden and couldn’t flip Landry Shamet for one. But most of all, they had religion in Claxton to turn into what he’s blossoming into. 

Royce O’Neale is getting again to his former type, after being overworked early and lacking a few video games due to personal causes. He’d been second within the league in minutes logged to solely teammate Kevin Durant earlier than being sidelined. 

The veteran wing has gotten progressively higher in his 4 video games again, making a scoreless return on Dec. 16 in Toronto, however scoring 11, 14 after which 17 factors on Friday. He ought to be energized coming into Cleveland. 

“Yeah, I should continue to apologize to him, taking him out to dinner,” Jacque Vaughn mentioned. “That was on me, enjoying him too many minutes, but it surely was as a result of I really like what he does. And he ended up having missed two video games. 

“He missed the Indiana game, missed the Washington game, then he had to three days also. And I thought that really get him in a position where mentally and physically he was able to reload. Now you see the value that he brings to us on both ends of the floor. So I take the blame for running him into the ground for those first couple of weeks, for sure.” 

Wing Joe Harris missed Friday with a sore left knee and he’ll sit in opposition to the Cavaliers on Monday. David Duke Jr., Kessler Edwards, Day’Ron Sharpe and Alondes Williams may even not play. 

Kevin Durant is sixteenth on the NBA’s all-time career scoring record with 26,484 factors, having just lately handed Hall of Famers John Havlicek and Paul Pierce. Next up is Fifteenth-place Spurs Hall of Famer Tim Duncan, a dozen factors away with 26,496.

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