The Brooklyn Nets entered the 2021-22 NBA season as overwhelming favorites to win the title, but their start to the season has been difficult.
While they remain third in the Eastern Conference with a 10-5 record, they have faltered to reach the league’s best teams with tonight’s 117-99 loss to the Golden State Warriors adding to the losses at hand. Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks.
After the loss, head coach Steve Nash admitted that the Nets still have work to do to be considered among the best teams in the league, despite being led by two of the best players in the game: Kevin Durant and James Harden. .
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“I just don’t think we’re in that category yet,” Nash told reporters. “We have a lot of work to do … I think the guys have been great when it comes to embracing what we want to do defensively. No one would have picked us as a top 10 defense to start the year.”
Steve Nash still doesn’t see the Nets at the top level of NBA teams:
“We have a lot of work to do … I think the guys have been great when it comes to embracing what we want to do defensively. No one would have picked us as a top 10 defense to start the year.” pic.twitter.com/lxt2VdlWf2
– Network Videos (@SNYNets) November 17, 2021
Durant, who leads the league in scoring at 28.9 points per game and firmly in the MVP conversation he didn’t put too much weight on the 18-point loss at Barclays Center, putting the focus on the bigger picture.
“It’s just another game,” Durant told reporters.
“It’s been 15 games in the season. Obviously they’re the best team in the league and they’re playing at an elite level, but it’s a regular season game. Home crowd, but we’re not going to put too much pressure on ourselves and call. to this a Finals match “.
Kevin Durant isn’t buying the Warriors-Nets hype Tuesday:
“It’s a regular season game. Obviously we want to go out there and win in front of our home crowd, but we’re not going to push ourselves too hard and call this a Finals showdown.” pic.twitter.com/edo0QscHRL
– Network Videos (@SNYNets) November 15, 2021
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The elephant in the room is the continued absence of star guard Kyrie Irving, who has yet to prepare for the Nets this season due to his unvaccinated status, failing to meet New York’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate, which it means you can’t do it. play.
Along with that, the Nets also don’t have guard Joe Harris due to a sprained left ankle, while Paul Millsap missed his second straight game for personal reasons. Harris’s absence forced Nash to make some changes to the lineup, which brought Patty Mills to the starting lineup.
“I think offensively we have all these different lineups, different backgrounds, playing styles. With 10 new players on our team, it takes time,” added Nash.
“We started the year with a continuity plan from last year that was honestly thrown out the window when Kyrie [Irving] it didn’t come back so we’re trying to build it and figure it out. When you play very good defense, it really puts you to the test. I think tonight was a great lesson for us that we could redouble some of our principles when the going gets tough. “
The Nets will look to bounce back in 24 hours when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night at the Barclays Center.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.