$110 million luxury tax!Three giant two years fit 16 games, nets 5 consecutive defeat into a laughingstock

2022-05-08 0 By

The NBA regular season continues today as the Nets travel to Phoenix to take on the SUNS.Team boss Kevin Durant continued to be absent, Irving and Harden together.Despite 48 points, nine rebounds and 13 assists from the twins, the team was unable to overcome the Phoenix offense and was routed in the final quarter to lose its fifth straight game.Even more bitter than the loss, the Nets paid a hefty $110 million luxury tax, but the Big Three combined for just 16 games in two years, falling five straight to sixth place in the Eastern Conference and becoming a laughingstock.Michael Owen, who refused to be vaccinated, could only play away from home, but he has maintained good form.He also made 10 of 20 shots and scored 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. He was the most consistent scorer on the offensive end.Harden was mediocre in scoring, finishing with 22 points, five rebounds and 10 assists on 6-of-19 shooting.Although griffin from the bench contributed 17+6 numbers, but the overall strength of the SUNS is a lot, and finally is the last quarter collapse, suffered defeat.For the SUNS, Booker outmatched Harden, who finished with 35 points, six rebounds and two assists on 13-of-23 shooting.Paul also played well, with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 14 assists.Bridges finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists, Ayton and Johnson combined for 28 points, and McGee blocked shots and protected the paint.The team shot 55 percent from the field and ultimately crushed the Nets with offense.The Nets lost to the Warriors, Nuggets, Lakers and Timberwolves before losing to Phoenix, and have won just three of their last 10 games.They’ve gone from being the best team in the Eastern Conference to the sixth.Kevin Durant will continue to be sidelined, and Kyrie Irving is still out for the home game.If this trend continues, the Nets could even fall out of the playoffs.On paper, the Nets are arguably the most luxurious team in the league.They have a big three of Durant, Irving and Harden, sharpshooter Harris, and the likes of Adriad, Griffin and Mills on the bench.With a payroll of $172 million and a luxury tax of $110 million, it’s all geared toward a championship.Durant is averaging 29.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists, Harden is averaging 22.9 points, eight rebounds and 10.1 assists, and Irving is averaging 24.7 points, five rebounds and 5.1 assists.But the nets’ biggest problem is that their attendance and system are terrible.The trio have played just 16 games in two seasons together.Durant played 35 games last year, 36 this year.Harden played in 36 games last year and 43 this year.Irving, who played 54 games last year, has played just nine this year.They have historic offensive talent, but can’t play at the same time.Now Durant is injured, Irving can only play on the road, the team’s roster and system is changing every day, naturally can not play good results.If they do fall out of the playoffs, the Nets could become the biggest laughingstock.Its boss, Joseph Tsai, is no philanthropist, and a break-up of the trio may not be far off.