Ten days ago, a ruthless loss to the Detroit Pistons forced the Brooklyn Nets to refocus. Since then, the Nets have been riding a wave of wins. The latest was the 109-98 win over Los Angeles on Thursday night.
Brooklyn has taken a step ahead in resolving its defensive puzzle. And now Brooklyn is in the midst of a five-game win streak.
Nets coach Steve Nash conveyed, “That [Detroit loss] was a low for us, and it did provoke some conversations and kind of a rededication to what we are trying to do. I am proud of the way they responded since then, obviously, we have taken care of business.”
Kyrie Irving conveys about the Game
Kyrie Irving conveys with a smile, “It is about time we turn the corner defensively. No team will win anything in this league if they do not get stops. It is all about time. Besides, we heard them loud and clear in the last few games.”
Kyrie Irving conveys, “It is scary out there when other teams are doing their best to stay in the game defensively and we continue to compound more offensive execution.”
Kyrie Irving added, “We know that this does not happen often where you get a great collection of guys that have been prominent in their roles on their respective teams. Besides, you have got guys coming off the bench that are starters for other teams.”
The Game of the Brooklyn nets and Detroit Pistons
The Nets’ 122-111 loss to Detroit on February 9 was ugly. But after permitting the Pistons to shoot 56% from the field in that game, Brooklyn has tightened up defensively with the highest field goal advantage. The Nets’ five consecutive wins mark their lengthiest win streak of the season.
As per Second Spectrum tracking, “In the 13 games played by the Nets from January 16 to February 9, the Nets challenged 85.5% shots in the paint.” That ranked 28th in the NBA.
Brooklyn challenged 78.6% of the shots in the paint against the Pistons on February 9. This was the second-worst shooting percentage by Kyrie Irving’s Brooklyn Nets.
But since February 10, the Nets challenged 91.1% of shots in the paint. This is the sixth-highest rate in the NBA.
Joe Harris comments on the Game
Joe Harris conveys, “I think after our game against Detroit it was a game in which we struggled badly on the defensive end. Besides, it was sort of, not a breaking point, but it just happened pretty repeatedly up to that point. I think after that game just the level of focus, the attention to detail, and the intensity on the defensive end has stormed up.”
Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving kept the challengers under 100 points three times since the Harden trade. This has happened twice in their last five games, including the games against the Lakers.
However, on the other side of the game, Brooklyn shot 18 out of 39 shots from the three-point range. Brooklyn is now shooting a league-high 42% since Harden joined the team.
Kyrie Irving ended with 16 points against the Lakers. Harris added 21 points, and James Harden had 23 points and 11 assists.