CHICAGO – The Nets know that despite their records, they are not one of the NBA’s elite teams – and the proof of that is that they haven’t beaten any of the league’s best teams in the middle of the regular season.
Their game against the Bulls, who are leading the Eastern Conference on Wednesday night – a game against Nick Claxton – was the last chance for the Nets to start changing that from season to season.
“You know, I think the guys know,” coach Steve Nash said. “They want a good win against Chicago because we lost to them twice. I don’t think we think about how we’re fighting against all the elite teams. It’s just that. [this game]. Our goal is to be ready to beat the elite teams in April and May.
“So we’ve been driven a lot, a lot of guys in and out. We’re not going to ‘Oh, man.’ That’s our goal. Hopefully, when we have health, we’ll have some continuity, we’ll have a runway, and we can put ourselves in that category. [Wednesday] It’s a great opportunity to play against an elite team, to play well, to grow, to try to win, but most importantly, to continue to improve.
Every elite team that has clashed this season has struggled against a team and failed, no matter how good the Nets were.
The Nets reached the center of United with a score of 0: 8 against the top four teams in both conferences. Two of those losses came to the Chicago team, who were 2 games behind the Nets on Wednesday.
“With this group, we want to be a championship team. So we can clearly admit that we didn’t win the game against top teams, “said David Duke Jr., who has started the last four games.
“But it’s something we’re gradually trying to get there. Acknowledge what we still need to work on, and know how to win even if we win? Who will we win against? Whatever it is, try to keep that level so that we can limit our mistakes and try to be a team that can claim the championship. “
What the Nets need to work on is their protection.
The Nets allowed elite clubs 116.4 points per game in their losses. They lost to United Center on November 8 with a score of 118: 95. They led the game in the fourth quarter, losing only 42-17 in the final period.
“I think it was a great lesson for us to understand the big picture and these losses. Great lessons, ”said Patti Mills. “For us, it’s just a matter of putting them in the bank and running to the ground when it’s time to grow from it and not repeat them so that we can continue to grow from the mistakes we made. Do it early. By the way, we won or most importantly we learned all the lessons we lost.
“In 2014, I played in the championship group [with the Spurs] It was exactly the same situation and we couldn’t beat strong teams. But we continued to collect these lessons and grew from them, learned from them, and combined them as needed. It was there, with the amount of changes we are trying to put that chemistry directly into the ground, and I am trying to convey that message. “
In the 2013-14 season, the Mills Spurs lost all four of their games against Kevin Durant’s Thunder and split two games with the Heat. However, in the playoffs, they defeated Oklahoma City in the Western Conference Finals, leaving Miami behind for the championship.
The Nets can only hope to achieve a similar result.