Based on the way the match was played at Staples Center on Thursday, Brooklyn Nets Kyrie Irving is looking forward to facing the Los Angeles Lakers.
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving after their 109-98 win over the Lakers. Nets added that they wanted to face LeBron James and the defending champions at full strength. Besides, he believes that this would not be the last team meeting of this season.
The game between the Lakers and Nets
The game between the Lakers and Nets is billed as a potential NBA Finals preview. Both the teams are the favorites of their respective counterparts.
Nevertheless, on Thursday, the Nets were better in comparison to the Lakers. The Lakers team missed the big man Anthony Davis and guard Dennis Schroder. Schroder was held out because of the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols.
Kyrie Irving finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in 34 minutes of action. Although he did have five turnovers.
The fellow All-Star James Harden led the Nets, finishing with 23 points, five rebounds, 11 assists, and two steals. While Joe Harris added 21 markers and five boards. The Nets get a lift off the bench from Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Landry Shamet, who combined for 25 points in the team’s fifth back-to-back win.
Tweets from Kyrie Irving
Irving tweets, “We will see them down the line. He and the whole Nets wanted a fully healthy Lakers team to face.”
Having both teams at full strength would have made a difference in the game, which the Nets largely subjugated. But Kyrie Irving’s statement makes it known that they believe they have what it takes to take down the Lakers even when they have Davis and Schroder in uniform.
A lot can still happen between now and the NBA Playoffs. So, it remains to be seen whether Kyrie Irving gets his wish and has another crack at LeBron and the rest of the Lakers this season.