The Brooklyn Nets have fallen to a particularly disappointing 1-4 document following their 129-125 extra time residence loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday.
Mavericks celebrity Luka Doncic went off for a 41-point triple-double for Dallas. In the meantime, Nets stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant mixed for 76 factors after scoring 39 factors and 37 factors, respectively.
General, it was a extremely entertaining, high-scoring back-and-forth affair for NBA followers. Nevertheless, the Nets’ protection continued to wrestle, which prompted ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins to name out the crew for his or her lack of defensive effort.
Following the sport, Perkins despatched out a tweet asserting that Brooklyn’s protection is so unhealthy that they would not even have the ability to guard senior residents:
“I assume the Nets are okay with folks giving them that work on a nightly foundation. I imply they can not guard senior residents in a Nursing Dwelling at recess!!! Carry the hell on… Oh btw that Luka is simply SPECIAL!”
Perkins was clearly exaggerating however he wasn’t too far off. The Brooklyn Nets at the moment rank useless final in defensive ranking at 120.2. They’ve additionally allowed 5 totally different opposing gamers to attain 37-plus factors over their first 5 video games.
Up to now, they’ve principally relied on their offense to hold them. Even that has been barely beneath common as they rank simply seventeenth in offensive ranking at 111.4.
A whole lot of the Brooklyn Nets’ defensive struggles should do with the truth that they do not have a lot measurement. Actually, they do not have a single 7-footer on their roster.
Nevertheless, their perimeter protection has additionally struggled this season. The Nets are at the moment permitting opponents to shoot a blistering 42.1% from 3, rating them twenty eighth in opposition 3-point proportion allowed.
On high of that, the Nets gave up on a ton of offense after they traded James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons in February. Simmons, who was anticipated to carry the Nets All-NBA caliber protection, has regarded like a shell of his former self. The crew has been compelled to depend on Durant and Irving and not using a dependable third scoring possibility.
After the sport, Kyrie Irving spoke concerning the Nets’ robust loss:
“I felt like we did some good issues tonight, however it simply wasn’t ok.”
Kevin Durant additionally highlighted the truth that the Nets did not do a ok job defending the 3-point line in extra time:
“They hit three 3s in extra time. Unhealthy protection, and their shooters knocked them down.”
Dallas completed 20-for-40 (50%) from deep as Luka Doncic continued to seek out the open man on the perimeter with out a lot resistance.
General, the Nets will definitely have to determine a unique recreation plan quickly. In the event that they maintain making an attempt to outscore opposing groups with out enjoying constant protection, they’ll possible maintain digging themselves a deeper gap.
Fortunately for the Brooklyn Nets, their subsequent two video games will come at residence in opposition to the 1-4 Indiana Pacers on Saturday and Monday. If the Nets wrestle in these video games, then it is perhaps time for concern.
In the meantime, the Dallas Mavericks, now 2-2, will subsequent play at residence in opposition to the 2-3 OKC Thunder on Saturday.
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