By Alex Al-Kazzaz
The Brooklyn Nets are one of the 22 teams participating in the NBA tournament about a month from now. However, the team is in quite a predicament. DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Dinwiddie have both tested positive for the coronavirus. Back in March, four players of the Nets organization tested positive for coronavirus. Kevin Durant was one of them.
Jordan announced on his Twitter that he will not be traveling with the team to Orlando. Dinwiddie has yet to rule himself out. Durant confirmed early last month that he would not be playing. Wilson Chandler also won't be participating, opting to spend time with his family. As far as Kyrie Irving goes, he underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in early March. Irving has expressed his opposition to the league's restart of this season and has even urged players to boycott.
Are The Nets In Trouble?
The Nets being in trouble would be an understatement. Without Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan, and possibly Dinwiddie, the starting lineup appears to be depleted. Brooklyn is 30-34 and is apparently since in contention for a spot in the playoffs.
There are only two playoff spots left in the Eastern Conference. The seventh and eighth seeds. Brooklyn is competing along with Orlando and Washington. All three teams are under .500. However, with Washington sitting at a record of 24-40, the Nets do have a chance of securing a playoff birth.
So with all the odds against them, the Nets need to step on the court and simply do their best. They have to deal with the situation they're in. If they do down, they might as well go down swinging. Brooklyn must do what it takes to beat the odds and earn a playoff spot. They're fighting for the future of the team.