The Nets have one serious problem that can’t be attributed to the absence of the unvaccinated Kairi Irving.
If the Nets have had a common theme in their three defeats this season (apart from James Harden’s ongoing shooting problems), they have dominated the table – especially when they lost to the Heat at Barclays Center on Wednesday.
The Nets led 62-42 in a 13-point loss, including 17-4 in the attacking window. On the contrary, they also won the games left behind.
Head coach Steve Nash’s team looks better in this area in Friday’s home game against the Pacers.
“Obviously, the staff wouldn’t be a problem if we had a few leading rebounders, but since we don’t have staff who naturally clean the windows, we all have to go in and be a gang. rebound, ”Nash said after Wednesday’s game. “Two or three guys can’t watch the ball hit the other side of the floor,” he said.
“We have to come back and help and hit. Obviously, it went a long way and that was the difference in the game. “
True, the Nets don’t have a classic rebounder on their roster, and center-back Nick Claxton was out on Wednesday night with a non-COVID illness. But Kevin Durant (10.0 rebounds per game and Harden (7.0)) could use the help of a trio of their former stars – Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge and Paul Millsap, especially on the offensive line.
Substitute guard Patti Mills made two of the Nets ’four offensive rebounds against the Heat, one by Bruce Brown and the other by Aldridge during a 12-minute move.
The Nets, on the other hand, also failed to catch Dewayne Dedmon (six attacking rebounds in 17 minutes) or PJ Tucker (four). Nash’s constant second chance points allowed his team to lose Achilles ’heel.
“We just have to go back better,” he said. It’s very simple and straightforward, ”Durant added. “The differential can’t be that big. Even if you are left behind, this cannot be a significant difference, otherwise it will be very difficult to win.
“I thought our defense was very good,” he said [Wednesday night]. We played very physically, disciplined, stopping when needed. But a second chance is unavoidable. ”
The heat had a big advantage in second-place points 31-4, beating out strong blows from Durant, who has the team’s top 25 points, and Joe Harris, who set a franchising record of 3 points. The Nets also made 15 substitutions in the defeat.
“Second chances and changes in attack, often they lead to a high-quality attack, so you can’t let these things get stronger and make you stronger,” Durant said. “We’ve had a lot of changes and we’ve given up a lot of second chances. So you have to try to cut as much as possible. “
Harden, who has shot just 35.9 percent from the floor after missing eight of his 12 shots against the Heat this season, believes growth will improve as a result of a full team effort.
“It’s something we just have to preach and talk about every day until the guys understand. As a team, we can’t go anywhere without this rebound, ”Harden said. “No matter how tall you are, no matter what position you are in, when the kick goes up, you have to help get the ball.
“And we have to keep preaching every day until we become a really good defensive rebounding team. Not even great, but good enough to get the ball back and push the ball. This game is there. “