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Thursday, 14 January 2021

Quick Take: James Harden Traded to The Brooklyn Nets #RPTZFLZ

      When it comes to the eastern conference, there's no longer a question about which team is number one.  With the trade for James Harden, the Brooklyn Nets made it clearer for the front offices in the east as to whether or not they should look to get better in the short term or go with what you have.  Although there is still a lingering question as to whether the Nets new core three will gel, with Kyrie Irving still M.I.A. after five games, if you're the Philadelphia 76ers, the Boston Celtics, or the Miami Heat, a few minor tweaks may mean all the difference as far as bettering your odds.
       Philadelphia 76ers:  As much as I like Ben Simmons at the one, he's playing out of position and this team isn't going to be scary until they address the situation.  A true point guard like Kyle Lowry would allow them to slide Simmons to the four where they'd really be able to exploit opposing offenses on the perimeter.  Even more, if he were to develop a shot.
       Boston Celtics:  I think they're being slept on a bit.  I think once Walker gets back into the rotation, they may be good enough to go toe to toe with the Nets.
       Miami Heat:  Should look to add some veteran presence to their bench.  They don't need a lot more than some on-court leadership to go along with Dragic.  Jimmy Butler is great at what he does and he's a great motivator but they still tend to play a bit out of synch at times and it would be great for Herro and Robinson to have someone lead by example rather than by emotion.
       These teams don't really have big needs.  They've each been deep enough in the playoffs that they know what it takes to get to the next level and in reality, the Nets have more catching up to do in that regard themselves.  The thing is, it's not going to take them long to do it and there won't be a lot of time to catch up when they do.


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