The Brooklyn Nets lose 115-110 to the Memphis Grizzlies. It almost seemed as if the team wasn’t trying to win tonight. It didn’t seem like they tried to play defense. They just didn’t. Even though Caris LeVert had 43 points and led this team from coming back from a 22-point deficit. Look, Neither Kevin Durant nor Kyrie Irving played tonight. But, can this team realize that they need to win games no matter what. The Nets are now 5-5, and Durant and Irving need to play more.
The Nets couldn’t play defense against the Grizzlies.
115 points aren’t the most points the Nets have given up in a game, but it is imperative to try all the time on defense. After two games where the Nets defense played well, the defense took a huge step back tonight. It is undoubtedly unacceptable to constantly leave players like Brandon Clarke and Grayson Allen open from three-point range. Leaving open lanes inside the paint is also unacceptable. There is no reason that the Nets gave the Grizzlies the shots they got tonight. Memphis has a bottom-five offense in the NBA. The Nets let them look like a top-five offense. On Sunday night Steve Nash needs to get this team to look like the 2003-04 Detroit Pistons defensively. Well, maybe not on that level, but good defense is needed.
The Nets had an abysmal last 5 minutes.
The Brooklyn Nets played a lousy game all night but had a lead with about 5 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Then the Grizzlies went on a 9-0 run and closed the Nets out. It took the Nets about 3 minutes between made shots in the time they needed shots to go in the most. DeAndre Jordan doesn’t belong anywhere near the final 5 minutes of a close game. He’s been a great player in the past, but he just hasn’t played well this season. Jarrett Allen is a better player and wasn’t put in the game until the game’s last minute. The Nets called a timeout at the 3-minute mark and kept Jordan in. From that standpoint, it didn’t make sense as to what the Nets were doing there.
Caris LeVert had a 43-point game
The Nets didn’t have a good game, but there was one exact bright spot. Caris Levert was outstanding. Levert had 43 points, six assists, and five rebounds. He was the only reason this game was remotely close, where the nets had a chance to win. It is looking more and more apparent that Caris Levert is the Nets’ third star. Caris Levert comes out to play every night and is a crucial player for the Nets.
The Nets had their problems tonight. Defense and Turning the ball over are still two things the Nets need to improve. If the Nets play well on those two facets of the game, they’ll look a lot better overall.