The Brooklyn Nets have started to gain momentum, with two impressive wins over the Blazers and Grizzlies. Kyrie Irving’s return after being suspended for the past two weeks for what the Nets deemed a “harmful impact of his conduct” for his social media posts about a movie that had contained antisemitic tropes. 

The Nets got off to a slow start to the season and with the numerous storylines surrounding the roster, there hasn’t been much reason for optimism. Kyrie Irving’s return and the Nets' subsequent win over the Grizzlies could potentially be the start of normalcy for the team. There’s been so much drama surrounding the team that basketball has almost taken a backseat. 

Ben Simmons has put together a solid stretch of games as well. He had his best game of the season against the Grizzlies, posting 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. It’s a huge positive for the Nets as Simmons had looked like a shell of his former all-star self. 

Kevin Durant has still been scoring at an elite level and the Nets are getting positive contributions from guys like Royce O’Neal, Nic Claxton, and Yuta Watanabe. The Nets are trying to move forward and get back to focusing on just basketball and for at least the time being, there is a small bit of optimism moving forward.