Nets coach Steve Nash criticized his players after a very bad game against the Indiana Pacers. Meanwhile, the team held a huddle immediately after the game, and Kevin Durant also found clear words for his speech.
“It was a disaster. What else to call it? I didn’t see the will, the greed or the cohesion needed to get stops and hits.” Nash’s message to his players after the 116-125 loss to the Pacers, their fifth loss in the sixth game of the season, was clear. it was too little. The start of Nash’s press conference was delayed, the locker room, which is usually opened for media representatives immediately after the end of the PK, was closed for a long time. Not a good sign.
“It should mean more to us. We need to dig deep within ourselves and ask ourselves what we want to achieve. Do we want to give up because it’s so hard early in the season? Or we want to build something.” Nash continued. Previous defeats have hit the team’s mentality hard, after there were positive signs before. Now it is necessary to eliminate the defects.
Indeed, there were many things the Nets desperately needed to improve upon when they swept the Pacers. Returning three players who have yet to find their roles in Seth Curry, Joe Harris and Markieff Morris. Accordingly, the offense was bumpy, with almost everything going through powerhouse Kyrie Irving (35, 13/22 FG), who nevertheless caused further concern by tweeting about a movie deemed anti-Semitic, and Kevin Durant (26). , 8 /20 FG, 1/5 3FG), who struggled with his shooting.
However, as Nash noted, the problems were significantly greater on defense. Against a team likely to be in the lottery and also without Myles Turner, allowed 125 points and 50 percent shooting (23/46). Brooklyn allowed 17 offensive rebounds, especially in the final quarter, and 19 fast break points. It’s a trend that was already seen in previous games. The 45.2 percent rebounding rate is the worst in the entire league, the defensive rating is the second worst (121.6).
Durant after bankruptcy. “Of course, we are mad.”
The players also seem to realize that everything cannot continue like this, after the end of the game a short team meeting was held, where they talked in simple language. “It was honest and open, we held each other accountable. this is what successful teams should look like. We have to understand that we are not given any games. Everybody’s in the league for a reason,” said Ben Simmons, who didn’t. I want to comment on specific content.
According to Durant, however, man is always in exchange and discusses everything. So the meeting was “nothing special”. KD described the performance as “bad in every way. Of course we are mad, we want to win, and if we don’t, the atmosphere in the dressing room is depressed.” According to Irving, currently, “it’s too easy for opponents to come here and find a rhythm.”
“Defensively, it hasn’t clicked yet,” added Simmons, who lamented that opposing players will continue to play against him at career-highs, as Pacers youngster Benedict Maturin did with 32 points off the bench. Durant made it clear that everything needs to be checked and improved: coaching, team chemistry, but above all, the individual game of each player. “We should be proud of that.”
There is already a chance for payback against the Pacers on Monday. If Nash has his way, at least there are signs that the team is alive. “They discuss the problems of coordination, the lack of communication with each other, they listen.” But how quickly can these things be resolved? Very quickly, it goes to Simmons. “Damn yeah,” he believes in the tipping point and even more. “I believe we can be the best team in the NBA. I really believe that.”
Brooklyn Nets. The next five opponents
|Tuesday, November 1st||12:30 p.m||Indiana Pacers|
|Wednesday, November 2||12:30 p.m||Chicago Bulls|
|Saturday, November 5||12:00 p.m||@WashingtonWizards|
|Sunday November 6th||12:00 p.m||@Charlotte Hornets|
|Tuesday, November 8||3.45 am||@ Dallas Mavericks|