Another game, another heartbreaking loss for the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn fell to the Washington Wizards 123-122 in a game that was close throughout. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving couldn’t hit the game-winning shot to seal the game for the Nets, which has actually now happened twice so far this season. It stings that the two stars couldn’t hit that final shot, but this game wasn’t blown by them. Turnovers, constant fouling, and defense are the obvious flaws that need to be addressed.
Nets Coaching Staff
It’s only game seven out of 72 of the season, but Steve Nash has not looked good as a head coach so far. He still starts DeAndre Jordan over Jarrett Allen and tries to split their minutes, which should not be the case. It’s not even a debate for who’s better between the two. Allen should easily be starting and closing games for the Nets, and should be getting 30+ minutes a game. His impact offensively and defensively is far superior to Jordan.
Another thing that doesn’t make sense was the small-ball lineup to close out the game. The Nets got killed in the paint all night long by the Wizards, but Nash decided to put in 6’8″ Jeff Green down the stretch. It just doesn’t make sense.
Nets defense has obviously been horrendous of late, but Nash still is reluctant to make any changes to the lineup. They have Bruce Brown rotting on the bench, when they could greatly use his perimeter defense. Landry Shamet doesn’t bring anything to the Nets when he isn’t hitting his shots, so give Brown a shot in the rotation. This is what has been driving many Nets fans crazy, the lack of in-game adjustments.
Nets Offensive Game Plan
While the Nets offense hasn’t been bad to start the season, there has been a lack of fluidity of late. You know Durant and Irving will be great, but what about the rest of the team? Joe Harris is probably the only other consistent offensive player for this team, but someone else really needs to step up.
Caris LeVert has been incredibly disappointing so far, as he had another single-digit scoring night on poor efficiency. He went 3-13 from the field, which just isn’t going to cut it. The Nets didn’t trade LeVert this offseason because they believed he was the third main guy for this team. When Spencer Dinwiddie was starting, LeVert looked great coming off the bench and was seen as a potential Sixth-Man of the Year candidate. In Dinwiddie’s absence, LeVert has not looked good at all.
The offense has also quickly become iso-heavy, which just can’t be the case going forward. The Nets look tremendous offensively when there is ball-movement and players are hitting shots as off-ball players. You can’t have 20 turnovers to Washington as well. If the Nets just held onto the ball better in this game, they probably would’ve won.
Upcoming Game for the Nets
The Nets will have to regroup after this devastating loss to the Wizards. They will have tomorrow off, but will be right back at it against the Jazz on Tuesday night. The game will start at 7:30 PM EST and of course will be broadcasted on YES Network.
Let’s hope the Nets have a better mindset going into that game and will play smarter. Tuesday’s game seems like the first must-win game of the season for Brooklyn, as they need to get back on track. Falling to 2 games under .500 to start the season isn’t the start us fans want.
Performances of Note:
Kyrie Irving – 30 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 10-20 FG, 2-7 3PT, 8-8 FT, 39 minutes
Kevin Durant – 28 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 8-15 FG, 2-7 3PT, 10-12 FT, 38 minutes
Joe Harris – 16 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 6-11 FG, 4-8 3PT, 27 minutes
Jarrett Allen – 14 points, 11 rebounds, 4 blocks, 3-6 FG, 8-9 FT, 25 minutes
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot – 14 points, 4 rebounds, 5-7 FG, 4-5 3PT, 24 minutes
Bradley Beal – 27 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks, 9-25 FG, 2-5 3PT, 7-9 FT, 36 minutes
Russell Westbrook – 24 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 7-25 FG, 9-12 FT, 38 minutes
Thomas Bryant – 21 points, 14 rebounds, 9-12 FG, 28 minutes
Davis Bertans – 15 points, 6 rebounds, 5-12 FG, 4-10 3PT, 31 minutes
Rui Hachimura – 15 points, 3 assists, 6-11 FG, 3-4 FT, 33 minutes