Steve Nash says Nets not among top teams: ‘We have a lot of work to do’
The Brooklyn Nets enter the 2021-22 NBA season as the overwhelming favorites to win the title, but their start to the season has been a rough one.
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While they’re still third in the Eastern Conference with a 10-5 record, they faltered as they made it to the top of the league with a 111-99 loss tonight to the Golden State Warriors, adding to the lost at the hands of the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks.
After the loss, head coach Steve Nash admitted the Nets still have some work to do to be considered one of the best teams in the league, despite being led by two of the best players. The match was Kevin Durant and James Harden.
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“I don’t think we’re in that category,” Nash told reporters. “We still have a lot of work to do… I think the players have been great at buying what we want to do in defence. No one would have picked us as a top 10 defence. New Year.”
Steve Nash has yet to see the Nets in the top tier of NBA teams:
“We still have a lot of work to do… I think the boys have been great at buying what we want to do defensively. No one would have picked us as a top 10 defense to start with. new Year” pic.twitter.com/lxt2VdlWf2
– Nets Video (@SNYNets) November 17, 2021
Durant, who is leading the league in scoring at 28.9 points per game and make sure in the conversation MVP doesn’t put too much weight on the 18-point loss at Barclays Center, put the focus on the big picture.
“It’s just another game,” Durant told reporters.
“That’s 15 games of the season. Obviously, they’re the best team in the league and they’re playing at an elite level, but it’s a regular game of the season. We obviously want to get on the pitch and play the game. win in front of the home crowd, but we’re not going to put too much pressure on ourselves and call this the Finals.”
Kevin Durant doesn’t buy into the Warriors-Nets hype on Tuesday:
“It’s a normal game of the season. We obviously want to go out and win in front of the home crowd, but we won’t put too much pressure on ourselves and call this the Final.” pic.twitter.com/edo0QscHRL
– Nets Video (@SNYNets) November 15, 2021
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The elephant in the room is the continued absence of star guard Kyrie Irving, who is still out of line with the Nets this season due to her unvaccinated status, which doesn’t comply with New’s COVID-19 vaccination guidelines York, which means he can’t Phat.
With that, the Nets were also without guard Joe Harris, due to a sprained left ankle, while Paul Millsap missed the second straight game for personal reasons. Harris’s absence forced Nash to change the lineup, bringing Patty Mills into the starting lineup.
“I think it’s frustrating, we have all these different squads, different backgrounds, different playing styles. 10 new players on our team, that takes time,” added Nash.
“We started the year with a continuity plan from last year that was honestly scrapped when Kyrie [Irving] hasn’t come back, so we’re trying to build and figure it out. When you play really well defensively, it really tests you. I think it’s been a great lesson for us tonight that we have to stick to some of our principles when things get tough. “
The Nets will recover in 24 hours when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night at the Barclays Center.