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The Nets’ resounding (and rewarding) rout in Philadelphia raises some fascinating questions. Can they win a title regardless of their playoff seed? Are they the staff to beat in the East? After all that has gone fallacious this season, could they nonetheless match up favorably with the elites of the East, reminiscent of the Heat, 76ers and defending champion Bucks?
Kyrie Irving could reply each a kind of questions.
If Irving can maintain the similar ardour he confirmed in eviscerating ex-teammate James Harden and backing a brand new one in Ben Simmons — and maybe even be allowed to play residence video games ought to New York City loosen its COVID-19 vaccine mandates — Brooklyn not solely can advance out of the play-in, however maybe even make some noise in the playoffs correct.