Toronto Raptors: Around the NBA, including Brooklyn Nets dominating without Kyrie Irving

Every week we take you beyond the Toronto Raptors to look at the rest of the NBA. This week’s highlights include the streaking Brooklyn Nets, David Fizdale out in New York, and more.

The Toronto Raptors are struggling but still sit fifth place in the Eastern Conference at 16-7. But what’s been happening around the rest of the NBA? We take a look in our NBA update.

Brooklyn Nets dominating without Kyrie Irving

After a horrific start to the season, the Brooklyn Nets are now 13-10, including 9-3 in their last 12 games. Perhaps more impressive, they’re doing this all without Kyrie Irving. Irving has missed the past 13 games with a shoulder injury

In his absence, Spencer Dinwiddie has set the world on fire. The, normally backup, point guard is averaging 24 points, 7.6 assists, and 1.1 steals per contest in Irving’s absence. He was named NBA Player of the Week at the end of November and has been the driving force behind the Nets offense.

Can Brooklyn and Dinwiddie continue this level of play when Irving is healthy? We’ll need to wait to see how the enigmatic superstar impacts the team upon his return.

David Fizdale fired

The New York Knicks stay the Knicks for a reason. After compiling a team of ball-stoppers, poor defenders, and entirely power forwards, they’re somehow shocked at their lack of success this season. After 22 games, they decided to fire Head Coach David Fizdale.

Has Fizdale done a good job with the Knicks? Not really. The team doesn’t have an identity on either side of the ball, and his rotations seem frighteningly sporadic and indecisive from night-to-night. Other coaches have poor rosters. They’ve managed to squeeze out more wins than the Knicks.

But if we’re dishing out blame pie, Fizdale deserves a slice while the team’s management receives the other Pacman-esq portion. This roster was never going to be good. They shouldn’t be surprised at their results this early in the season.

The Bucks seriously won’t stop winning

In our last update, we talked about the Bucks incredible winning streak. At the time, it was 12 games. Now, it’s 15. The Bucks won’t stop winning and we’re a couple of wins away from at least discussing if the Warriors 26-game streak is in trouble.

The best team in the East has proven everything they can during the regular season. Now, we’ll wait to see if Head Coach Mike Budenholzer, point guard Eric Bledsoe, and the rest of the Bucks are ready for the postseason.

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