Last week the Brooklyn Nets acquired James Harden in a blockbuster trade. While the trade meant the Nets would have three of the best scorers in Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden, it would also mean that they would lack the needed players off the bench to win an NBA Finals.
In yesterday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Nets' three-headed monster scored a combined 96 points in a 2OT loss. Normally, you would be excited that 3 of your players combined for that many points, but their bench only scored 10 points.
In the regular season, you can usually get away with your starters handling most of the load. During a playoff-run, you're going to have a couple of games when your supporting cast has to play a major part. Brooklyn will need to add depth to the rotation if they want to win a title.
We probably wouldn't even be having this conversation if it wasn't for the heroics of Collin Sexton. The Cavs guard scored 42 points, shooting 55% from the field. He also was an efficient 5-11 from deep. It's easy to say that without Sexton's performance, the Cavs would not have been able to keep up with the firepower of the Nets.
I'm still a believer in the Nets being able to make the Finals and potentially win, but if that is going to happen they need to find a way to complete their roster so they won't have to rely on three players every game.
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