Early Struggles

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Brooklyn’s HC Steve Nash Believes Favourites Nets Have a Ways to Go

The Brooklyn Nets are far from a finished product.

After two back-to-back losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers, head coach Steve Nash said his team needs to show more effort on defense if they hope to reach their championship aspirations.

“We just need to find a way to play harder. Dig deeper. We are not a defensive roster,” said Nash. “We have to take more pride, contest more shots, fight, scrap, claw, and that’s what I think is missing as much as anything schematic that we’re breaking down.”

The Nets gave up a combined 134 points in the paint in their two losses to the Cavaliers. They then gave up 41 points to Bam Adebayo in a nail-biting win over the Miami Heat on Saturday night.

Veteran DeAndre Jordan is now the only center on the roster and the loss of Jarrett Allen is clearly hurting the Nets almost immediately following the blockbuster deal which saw James Harden arrive to Brooklyn. The Nets will surely be active players at the upcoming trade deadline and will undoubtedly take a gander at the waiver wire as well as lack of size will be a definite question mark down the stretch and close to playoff time.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day,” said Jordan following the teams loss to the Cavs. “Championship teams weren’t built in a day. They’ve gone through struggles. So we’ve got to be able to take this on the chin and learn from it and ultimately come back and respond tomorrow and for the rest of the season.”

A work in progress to say the least.

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