The Nets think they’re at the championship level, even at home with Kayri Irving. Now comes the task of proving it.
The Nets won 107-101 in Minnesota in front of 11,210 spectators at Barclays Center on Thursday night. Irving was not among them because he refused to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Insignificant; .. though.
The goal did not change and the bar was not lowered.
“I think we still have a lot of potential. I think we have great characters in the locker room. We have great veterans. We still have a talented team,” said coach Steve Nash. ‘We’re tough, but we’re still a very talented team. And as I said, veterans, character, and I think we can build something great. Our goal has not changed: this path should be a little different. “
Like a little less attention-grabbing crime, and a little more protection and measurement.
Brooklyn has relied on a small ball during the time of general manager Sean Marks, but when left with Irving indefinitely, they try everything, including big wins.
Yes, Joe Harris led the way with 23 points in 8 to 12 effective shots, including from 7 to 10 yards. The stars played like stars, with Kevin Durant with 19 points and 7 rebounds, while James Harden had 14 assists before the season.
But the Nets started two traditionally big teams at Nick Claxton and Paul Millsap and moved Harris from junior striker to defender instead of Irving.
“I think we need to study big and small content,” Nash said. “Obviously, we’re definitely going to explore bigger content, and we’re also going to explore smaller content that fits into our new kind of list. We are looking for them. ”
At least one night it worked.
The adults played mostly well. LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points on the field from the bench, while Millsap added 10n points and nine rebounds. But the happiest was Claxton.
The youngster returned after a pre-season loss of COVID-19 in Philadelphia on Monday. When Claxton won the pre-season at the Lakers on Oct. 3, he struggled to get his condition back, playing poorly in a minus-4 move. He looked much better in last Friday’s win over the Bucks and broke the doubles with 11 points. , to finish seven boards and a star protection plus-26.
“It felt good,” Claxton said, adding that the coaches ’task was simple. “If you’re only more active on defense, be more dangerous on defense.”