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‘Common’-looking Brooklyn Nets prolong skid as defensive woes proceed vs. Detroit Pistons

After the shot clock expired Tuesday evening, cementing one other disappointing sport for the Brooklyn Nets, coach Steve Nash implored his gamers to look inward and ask themselves “what sort of workforce they wish to be.”

“I do not suppose that we exit each single day of our lives and sacrifice the time to be able to be common at something,” Kyrie Irving stated after Brooklyn’s third straight loss. “And we glance very common. And we’ve got the expertise that the attention take a look at presents that we must be dominating.”

Brooklyn has developed a sample this season of enjoying extremely arduous — and infrequently occasions beating — the groups towards the highest of the standings, however dropping to the league’s backside dwellers. In truth, with a 122-111 loss in Detroit on Tuesday, the Nets are actually 7-11 in opposition to groups with a document beneath .500 — essentially the most such losses within the league.

Jerami Grant tied his profession excessive with 32 factors for the Pistons. Irving, who was enjoying with a sprained index finger, completed with 27 factors and 7 assists. James Harden added 24 factors and 12 assists.

Brooklyn stays with out Kevin Durant, who’s within the NBA’s coronavirus contact tracing protocols till at the very least Friday after being uncovered to a workforce worker who examined optimistic for COVID-19 final week.

Detroit jumped out to an early double-digit lead and managed the sport for nearly all the 48 minutes. Throughout a timeout within the first quarter, Harden appeared to have a spirited dialog with DeAndre Jordan concerning the workforce’s defensive effort. Over the course of the sport, Nash pulled Jordan apart a number of occasions.

“I do not suppose they have been essentially selecting on him,” Nash stated. “It is an emotional sport. We discover ourselves within the gap after which get a bit of emotional.”

Jordan, who stated he did not recall what Harden had particularly stated, admitted he wanted to be higher general defensively.

“I’ve gotta be higher for us, defensively,” Jordan stated. “All of us need to be higher. However I simply take a bit of bit extra possession on that finish of the ball as a result of that could be a factor that I really like and an enormous a part of why I feel I am on the market for us. So we have gotta be higher, however I take a number of that.”

For the reason that Nets traded for James Harden in mid-January, they rank final in defensive effectivity, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Data analysis. And whereas the Nets have been in a position to whittle the Pistons’ lead all the way down to single digits, they have been by no means in a position to recover from the hump.

“A variety of groups come out very snug in opposition to us,” Irving stated. “After which that is type of the texture for the remainder of the sport is that we’re enjoying catchup, and that is simply not the way in which to play as a competitor simply at all times down.”

“We simply have to show that nook. And we have not finished it but, however we’ll. And I am telling you the league’s going to be on discover when that occurs.”

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