It’s tough when you lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers. But losing to them in back-to-back games? Despite the fact that they were much better than last year, the losses against the Cavs are inexcusable for a team of Brooklyn Nets caliber.
Not only did the Nets lose 125-113 on Friday after a double overtime on Wednesday, Brooklyn let the game spiral out of control in the third making it nearly impossible to come back in the fourth – where the Nets played much better.
After taking their first streak of the season, the Nets risk facing their first 2020-21 loss as they host the Miami Heat on Saturday. Before we move on to this meeting, we learned three things from Friday’s game:
Seventy points in color. Jarrett Allen and Andre Drummond scored nearly 20 hits that night, Larry Nance Jr. 15.
Everyone knew that losing everyone would have an impact, but what happened on Friday was ridiculous. Maybe Norvel Pelle will be able to help.
On the other hand, isn’t there a bigger problem when the nets are looking for someone like Norvel Pelle to fix things?
The Harden-Kevin Durant tandem defeated the Milwaukee Bucks. Harden and Irving could not lead the nets past the caves. Pretty cut and dry: that is inexcusable.
Yes, the nets will most likely find out something. But that shouldn’t happen.
No intensity. No one to respond to Cleveland’s intensity. There is no way around it: This one was embarrassing.
Nash may put all the work into getting the nets back on track outside of the games, but there is a level of game management that comes with the position of head coach. Yes, it is very early for him. But when you mortgage your future to acquire James Harden, you can’t always lose such games.
Raising the ship in the middle of the game falls on the stars first, then on the head coach. Nobody did enough to slow the Cavs down when they found their swing in the second half.