James Harden out of the woods?Irving’s final 20 points prevented an 11-game losing streak and left him in nine of 26 games.

2022-07-17 0 By

The Nets lost their 11th straight game 111-115 to the Heat in Miami after losing their 10th straight game to the Miami Heat with Harden out of the lineup.After 11 straight losses, the Nets went from 29-16 to 29-27, falling to eighth place in the Eastern Conference and on the verge of falling below.500.Another loss and the Nets could follow the lakers out of the top eight.Irving had 29 points, five rebounds and five assists in the final 20 points in 41 minutes, shooting 10-for-22 from 3-for-8 and 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.It’s a tough 11 straight losses for the Nets, and they lost James Harden, but that doesn’t mean they’re no longer hopeful or competitive this season.The Nets’ 11-game losing streak was largely due to their roster woes, with Kevin Durant injured, Kyrie Irving on the road and James Harden missing several games.With Harden out and newcomers Simmons, Steph Curry and Draymond still out of action, it’s going to be tough for the Nets to win and end their losing streak.The Nets have 26 regular-season games left, 17 of which are at home, meaning Irving can only play in nine more games, which is bad news for the nets.With Kyrie Irving on the road and Kevin Durant out of action, even with Simmons and Steph Curry, the Nets aren’t going to be very good for some time, and they probably won’t finish high in the standings.Still, as long as Durant returns in time and the roster remains relatively intact, the Nets will be competitive even if they don’t finish high in the regular season.And it’s worth noting that the Nets aren’t ranked high enough to have home-court advantage in the playoffs, so they’ll have some kind of road advantage because Irving can only play on the road.