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The Atlantic Files #171: Who can beat the Brooklyn Nets?

Alex Fischbein January 16, 2021

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This week on The Atlantic Files:

What just happened in the NBA?! The whole landscape just shifted with a mega tilt towards the Eastern Conference. No, we’re not exaggerating and if you think it is an exaggeration, then you might want to clean those glasses. James Harden is now on the Brooklyn Nets joining the likes of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving!

Who is going to be able to beat them in the Atlantic Division or even in the entire Eastern Conference? There is a very short list if there are any.

Also, what kind of ceiling do the Nets now have for this year and years to come after this deal? Is it only a one-year window or could it be more than that? Then, one of the biggest questions is what exactly is going on with Kyrie Irving, and will he be able to gel with the team as well?

Around the division, things are going quite well record-wise for the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics. They’re sitting at first and second in the East and it doesn’t look like either one is going to slow up any time soon given they don’t get covid after their recent issues. Joel Embiid still looks great and Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are still a very dynamic duo.

Should the Sixers make a big trade after Harden didn’t go to Philly? How about either Bradley Beal or Zach LaVine?

Finally, we have the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors bringing up the rear. One team is sinking and the other is rising. I’ll give you a guess as to who is who.

All of that and more on the latest episode below!


2:10 – James Harden traded to Brooklyn Nets (W/ Martin Soaries and Felix John-Baptiste)

33:25 – Philadelphia 76ers struggles and covid protocols

37:35 – Bradley Beal vs Zach LaVine, who should the Sixers trade for?

46:00 – Boston Celtics postponed games

47:15 – Toronto Raptors stepping their game up

49:15 – New York Knicks regressing to the mean


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Alex Fischbein

Being from the suburbs of Philadelphia, it was hard not to become a Sixers fan during Allen Iverson's prime. Other than just the Sixers, I enjoy watching all forms and levels of basketball, especially the WNBA. Outside of basketball, I've been playing and coaching volleyball for most of my life. Also, after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, I became a Software Developer by day, while writing and hosting podcasts by night.

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