General Nets logo during NBA game against the Mavericks
Nov 21, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; A view of the team logo on the shorts of Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley (6) as he warms up before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets are putting up the good fight during the NBA restart in Orlando. Without five players once the season resumed last week, the Nets had to go out there and sign the likes of Justin Anderson, Tyler Johnson, Jamal Crawford and Michael Beasley off the street.

Beasley then had to opt out of the season after contracting COVID-19. Making his Nets debut against the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday, things seemingly aren’t going any better for Crawford.

Jamal Crawford exits Nets debut with hamstring injury

Despite signing with Brooklyn before the season resumed, the team held the 40-year-old Crawford out for the first two games of the restart.

The three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year winner put up five points on 2-of-4 shooting in six minutes before leaving the game.

This comes after star guard Caris LeVert as well as Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen were all ruled out for the Bucks’ game due to injuries.

Brooklyn’s starting five on Tuesday consisted of Chris Chiozza, Garrett Temple, Justin Anderson, Lance Thomas and Rodions Kurucs. That’s not great.

Brooklyn Nets, NBA Playoff team

What’s even crazier here is that Brooklyn is 7.5 games ahead of the Washington Wizards for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Barring some type of miracle, it will be taking on either the Bucks or Raptors in the first round of the playoffs. That should be a whole lot of fun. Sarcasm font activated.

Vincent Frank
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