And meanwhile, the Nets are climbing the standings
Certainly, the schedule is favorable, with seven straight games at home, but the Nets are clearly better, and they finish this “home trip” with a good record of six wins for one loss. Their only loss came against the Celtics who hovered in the NBA this season. After starting the year with a six-game winning streak, Brooklyn now has a 15-12 record to move up to 4th place in its conference.
Tonight, the Nets dominated the Hawks for their 9th victory in 12 games, and Ben Simmons was happy. “We know the road is long… A lot of players come in and out of the rotation, and it changes a lot, but we’re staying focused on ourselves, and we’re building every day. »
That night, Ben Simmons returned after four games in the infirmary, and Nic Claxton took his place on the bench, dressed in civilian clothes. Under the panels, Brooklyn showed unity to win the rebound battle, and Kyrie Irving led by example with 11 catches!
“We dominated a team in rebounding! » ignition by Jacque Vaughn. “We have to insist on that. We showed it to the players afterwards. There are some very important properties and actions that make a difference. In the end, that’s what it’s all about. We do everything to win. Whether it has different rotations, someone coming in or out, and all of the above. We have reached a stage where everyone is doing their part to help us win. »
“Usually our principle is to focus on defensive withdrawal”
Author of 33 points remaining with his 11 rebounds (including five offensive!), Kyrie Irving holds the same speech. “We do everything to win” insisted the All-Star point guard. “You have to give everything and sacrifice yourself physically for the good of the team. Royce [O’Neale] grabs offensive rebounds and he throws incredible balls. Usually our principle is to focus on defensive withdrawal but I’m glad he went there. We all go on the rebound, and it can cost us dearly. But we were rewarded for it. »
Offensive rebounds and “second chances” are the difference, and Kevin Durant points to that stat. “We saw Royce grab three or four offensive rebounds in the last quarter and that was huge. Kyrie also took two, and they were big. How many did we take? New! We don’t do that (usually)” Kevin Durant recalled. “But they went to the rebound, they stuck their noses out the window and they got some rebounds to create some extra possessions for us. It was the key and why we had 3-pointers at the end. »
To be confirmed tonight for the back-to-back in Indianapolis. In the standings, the Pacers are just behind the Nets, and will win 4th.