Steve Nash questions Nets’ ‘pleasure’ as defensive struggles proceed
Steve Nash is keen to regulate the Nets’ defensive system if warranted, however when he rewatched Sunday’s 129-116 loss to the Thunder, he didn’t imagine that was essentially the issue.
“It’s powerful — do you make an adjustment, or do you clear up the obvious error of simply not taking sufficient pleasure and sticking to your man and having the self-discipline to not bail him out?” Nash stated Monday.
“We didn’t present sufficient pleasure or respect. A part of it’s I believe you’re simply going to see a few of that, and we’re seeing a few of that across the league as a result of it’s onerous to maintain enjoying greater than each different day. On the identical time, that’s the problem, to dig deep and discover a strategy to win, win ugly, win whenever you don’t have your greatest stuff, and to beat that form of intense scheduling and demand on the thoughts and physique.”
Nash didn’t conceal his frustration with the Nets’ defensive effort after Sunday’s loss, wherein they blew a 15-point second-quarter lead. They gave up 72 factors within the second half and a season-high 66 factors within the paint.
Although the Nets entered Monday with the seventh-best defensive ranking within the NBA (107.2), they knew Sunday’s effort was not almost adequate.
“It was simply lots of miscues, an absence [of] particular person pleasure and possession on that facet of the ball,” Joe Harris stated. “In some unspecified time in the future, you can have no matter schemes, no matter recreation plan carried out, however lots of it’ll boil all the way down to you guarding your yard, staying in entrance of your man and taking that check, that problem.”
Nash referred to as it an “terrible” and “scary” world with COVID-19 instances persevering with to rise daily — the NBA being no exception.
The league has confronted challenges in current days of groups having sufficient lively our bodies, due to optimistic COVID-19 exams or contact tracing, to play video games as scheduled. It has some questioning whether or not the NBA must play in a bubble once more after doing so efficiently final summer season, however it’s not that easy for these concerned.
“The bubble in itself is a good suggestion,” Harris stated, citing security and the dearth of journey. “The basketball high quality of the sport was simply actually good. However the different facet of it’s that it’s powerful from a psychological perspective. … Guys are going to benefit from it regardless and we’ll do what’s requested of us, however definitely not the perfect state of affairs.”
Guard Tyler Johnson (well being and security protocols) will miss a fourth straight recreation Tuesday.
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