As Bobby Marks of ESPN notes (through Twitter), Irving’s games-played complete will likely be value keeping track of down the stretch, since a few his contract bonuses hinge on him enjoying in no less than 53 video games — he’d have to look in seven of Brooklyn’s 9 contests after Thursday with the intention to meet that threshold.
Irving’s contract contains eight separate bonuses, every value $131,250. Some are out of attain, together with enjoying 62 video games and recording a defensive score beneath 106 (he’s at 113.9). Nonetheless, Kyrie is on observe to succeed in a few of his incentive benchmarks, together with an offensive score of 114+ (he’s at 119.9) and taking pictures no less than 88.5% from the free throw line (he’s at 92.3%).
As Marks tweets, Irving would additionally obtain three separate $131,250 bonuses for making no less than 2.8 three-pointers per recreation, committing fewer than 2.4 turnovers per recreation (in 53+ video games) and trying no less than 4.6 free throws per recreation (in 53+ video games). His per-game averages in these classes to date are 2.7 threes, 2.5 turnovers and 4.3 free throw makes an attempt.
Right here’s extra on the Nets:
- Nets ahead Alize Johnson is accessible to play in opposition to Indiana on Thursday evening, in response to the group (Twitter hyperlink). Johnson missed the group’s final three video games after being positioned within the NBA’s well being and security protocols.
- Mike James is making a robust preliminary impression in Brooklyn, racking up 11 factors and eight assists in Tuesday’s win over Toronto and making a case to stay round past his present 10-day contract, writes Brian Lewis of the New York Put up. “He’s an athletic and expert participant. So long as he performs easy and makes good basketball performs — like he has with us these first few video games — he can play a task for us,” head coach Steve Nash stated. “He has a burst of tempo, he can get into paint, play draw-and-kick.”
- Whereas James’ new coach has been impressed by him to date, it doesn’t sound like two of his outdated coaches miss him a lot. As Lewis relays in a separate New York Put up story, CSKA Moscow’s Dimitris Itoudis and Olimpia Milano’s Ettore Messina each supplied less-than-glowing evaluations of James’ locker room presence.
- In case you missed it, we handed alongside phrase on Wednesday that Nets star James Harden nonetheless isn’t near coming back from his hamstring harm.