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No offense Bill Parcells, but the Nets are not what their record says they are

 NFL legendary coach Bill Parcells has a treasure chest of famous quotes to his credit, but one of his all-time best sayings doesn't apply to the 2021-2022 Brooklyn Nets.

Despite Brooklyn holding claim to the best record at 16-7 in the Eastern Conference and tied for third in the entire league, the Nets have failed every litmus test so far this year.

"You are what your record says you are," Bill Parcells once notoriously proclaimed.

 Unfortunately, it doesn't necessarily ring true for this Brooklyn club.

With an opening night loss to Milwaukee, coming up short against Charlotte, Miami, Golden State, Phoenix and Chicago twice, Brooklyn is feasting on bottom dwelling teams and coming up way short against the league's premier squads. 

Kevin Durant is shouldering the scoring load and James Harden is a reluctant scorer, while looking as though he's still not fully healthy after a hamstring rehab period that commanded his attention all summer. 

Harden looks a combination of gunshy, hobbled and not playing with the same fire and intensity as last season when carried the Nets to the No. 2 seed in the East with Durant and Kyrie Irving missing large chunks of the regular season.

The silver lining is Harden hasn't played near his capabilities and reinforcements with be on the way once Joe Harris returns healthy and Nic Claxton gets his conditioning right after his mystery illness. 

Brooklyn weathered an early season storm with Irving missing all 24 games so far by refusing to comply with local vaccine mandates, Durant dodging a potential serious shoulder injury and Harris hoping to return to the club at some point before the All-Star break following ankle surgery.

The Nets quality wins just aren't there this year, so while the record has Brooklyn sitting pretty atop of East's standings, there are more question marks, including Irving's future with the team, than answers for the first place club.


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