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Coming off their first win of the season Monday in Charlotte, the Nets have two more road games this week before they return home, including a clash with the reigning Eastern Conference champions in Miami. Friday’s contest in Chicago will be Brooklyn’s first game in the NBA’s new In-Season Tournament, which features Brooklyn in East Group C along with the Celtics, Bulls, Raptors and Magic. For more on the tournament, Richard Jefferson breaks it down on the YES App: https://watchyesnetwork.com/.
Cam Thomas is off to a red-hot start this season! Along with Luka Doncic, Thomas was one of just two NBA players to average at least 33.0 PPG over their first three games of the year. Ben Simmons is averaging 8.3 APG and 10.0 RPG during the young season, which helped him flirt with triple-doubles against the Mavericks and Hornets. After not appearing in Brooklyn’s first game, Lonnie Walker IV has looked sharp off the bench, totaling 33 points and going 7-for-13 on three pointers between the Nets’ last two. Dorian Finney-Smith scored 19 points against Charlotte, matching his highest total in 33 games he has played with Brooklyn including the postseason. Walker and DFS have provided crucial depth while the Nets have dealt with injuries to Cam Johnson, Nic Claxton and Spencer Dinwiddie.
Know The Foes
Miami’s leading scorer Tyler Herro is coming off a 35-point game in Milwaukee, although Bam Adebayo missed that game Monday due to a bruised left hip. Chicago has alternated losses and wins through its first four games, with Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan combining to average nearly 48.0 PPG. Boston has won its first three, with offseason acquisitions Jrue Holiday and Kristaps Porzingis looking like perfect fits in a first unit that includes superstars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the latter of whom signed the richest contract in NBA history over the summer in a five-year, $304 million supermax extension. Next Monday’s game against Milwaukee will be the Nets’ first look at Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard paired together after the Bucks obtained Lillard from Portland shortly before the season began.
A Dazzling Fact
More than just one of the NBA’s top scorers in the early going, Cam Thomas is off to the kind of start rarely seen by a player at his age! After turning just 22 years old on Oct. 13, Thomas has become the second-youngest player in the history of the association to score at least 30 points in each of their team’s first three games of a season. The only player younger? The iconic Shaquille O’Neal, who played his college ball at Louisiana State just like Thomas did. O’Neal accomplished the feat at age 21 with the 1993-94 Magic to begin the second season of his Hall of Fame career. Stay with YES and the YES App to watch Thomas’ growth continue!