Extra Pass: Scorching Durant, Nets set to test Bulls

Published November 8, 2021, 5:00 PMJon Carlos Rodriguez

Kevin Durant and the Nets are on a hot five-game streak entering into their match against the Bulls who are coming off back-to-back losses.

Kevin Durant is in one of those KD mean streaks. If you’ve been watching, it simply means his jumpers are as lethal as ever, his rebounding is dominant, and his passes are on-point. This is how his numbers for the last three Brooklyn Nets games look like:

  • 32 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists

  • 29 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists

  • 31 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists

This doesn’t look good for the Chicago Bulls. Durant aside, James Harden and Blake Griffin have also put together a string of solid games. 

The Nets have won five in a row and look to be adjusting well to a post-Kyrie world.

The Bulls, on the other hand, are on a two-game losing skid. Both of those games are against a very determined Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers. The back-to-back Ls put a dent on the Bulls’ impressive 6-1 start, but they’re not exactly slipping.

DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine have not slowed down one bit. If they could get more consistency from Lonzo Ball and Nikola Vucevic, then the Bulls might be able to hang tough with the cool kids in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn—and a scorching hot KD—will be an early litmus test for Chicago. Tipoff is at 9:00 AM on NBA League Pass.

Out west, the Dallas Mavericks will try to extend their two-game winning streak versus the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Mavs’ previous two wins came by a very slim margin, but with the Pelicans’ roster troubles, Luka Doncic should be able to carry his team to another W.

Doncic just came off a step-back, buzzer-beating game-winner against three defenders—further proving that he’s still enjoying this phase of his early career where he’s allowed to do drum solos and guitar riffs. 

The Pelicans are still struggling to fill in the large void left by Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, who are both battling injuries. They sit at the bottom of the standings, tied with the Houston Rockets at 1-9.

Watch this game (9:30 AM on NBA TV Philippines via Smart GigaPlay app or Cignal TV) if only to catch another leg of Luka’s concert tour.