Turnovers are a problem for Brooklyn without James Harden
In the Bucks 177-114 victory over Brooklyn, the Nets had 16 total turnovers that led to 14 points for Milwaukee. It seemed like every other possession, the Nets were turning the ball over and Durant and Irving combined for 9 of their team’s 16 total turnovers.
Since James Harden came to the Nets in January, he assumed the roles as the team’s main facilitator and point guard and have been really successful with him on the court, but without him, the Nets are just 9-9 on the season now.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are more than capable of being ball-handlers for the Nets, as they have been doing so their entire careers, so this game was probably just a “fluke” in terms of turning the ball over, but the Nets’ chemistry as a team has been thrown off with everyone being in and out of the lineup.
Finding consistency will be extremely important for them in the playoffs, which is why they need Harden back as soon as possible.
Who knows whether or not he can play and the Nets are just keeping him out or if there is more to his hamstring injury than what is being said, but whatever the case may be, the Bucks defense was able to rush both Durant and Irving, getting them out of their rhythm and turning the ball over.