Top Things to Watch on NBA's Opening Night

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

It's official folks, the NBA is back! After just 72 days since the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 4-2. Normally the NBA gives its players almost five months to rest between seasons, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic the NBA had to delay most of last season. This is the shortest offseason in American Sports History.

This NBA season will have a lot of good and a lot bad. But without further ado here are the Top Headlines for the NBA's Opening Night.

Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, & Steph Curry Minutes Restrictions?

Curry most likely will not be on a minutes restriction. He played one game for Golden State last year after coming off a broken hand from earlier in the season. Outside of the preseason, Curry has not played basketball since March. Curry should not be on one

Kevin Durant was not on a minutes restriction during the preseason. But there still is the possibility Brooklyn gives him one to start the season. Durant has not played since Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. With that being said he has looked comfortable and should not be on a minutes restriction.

Kyrie Irving should not be on a minutes restriction. Irving is coming off a year with a platoon of injuries that ultimately had Kyrie shut down his year early. Irving has not played since last February and looks to be fresh to make the Nets a contender this season.

LeBron James last game was 72 days ago. LeBron probably will refuse any type of minutes restriction regardless. He will however most likely take off more games in his career then he ever has.

How the Rookies will look

Each of these teams will come into today's match ups with rookies, rookies that have barely played. There was only two weeks of training camp, no pre-draft workouts, no summer league, and a max of four preseason games. Rookies this year are at a huge disadvantage at gaining playing time due to the lack of reps available.

James Wiseman is the notable rookie for tonight. Wiseman was the number two pick in the NBA Draft by Golden State. Wiseman is getting the starting duties tonight as he played one game for Memphis in college and zero preseason games for the Warriors. All eyes will be on Wiseman tonight.

The mesh of the Nets

How will the nets core match with Kevin Durant ad Kyrie Irving. Last year the Nets were leader by Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (TLC). The question remains how these players will fit in with KD and Kyrie.

LeVert and Dinwiddie were the top scorers. They both will have to look to be more of catch and shoot guys this year since the ball will mainly be in KD and Kyrie's hands. Both players will also have to guard the better backcourt players and make up for Irving's defensive mistakes.

Harris should translate pretty well. Harris is a catch and shoot guy that excels well off the ball. Harris will however need to step up on defense and play better perimeter defense.

TLC was a nice surprise at the end of the year for the Nets. He will look to be the guy that can do a little bit of everything this year if he wants to stay on the court.

The new look Warriors

The Warriors come into another year in the post Kevin Durant era. This year they will be without Klay Thompson for the second straight year. Thompson is the Warriors second best player and is a huge loss on both ends of the court after tearing his Achilles in the offseason.

Draymond Green will also be out with a foot injury.

The Warriors have added some key players that hope to fill Thompsons void. Andrew Wiggins looks to play a big role as the Warriors number two option. The Warriors are hoping Wiggins can take his game to the next level, a level everyone knows Wiggins is capable of. The other key addition is Kelly Oubre Jr. Oubre has improved every year he has been in the league. Oubre will have to keep improving if the Warriors want a return to the playoffs this year.


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