The Nets acquired by with out James Harden in Online games 1 and 2 in Barclays Centre, cruising to a pair of property wins in the Jap Convention semifinals. But in their 1st road examination against a hard defense, their offense went off the rails.
Devoid of Harden’s just cannot-be-sped-up demeanor on the court docket to settle factors down, the Nets struggled to execute in an 86-83 loss in Milwaukee. They shot just 36.2 p.c in general and hit just 3 of 11 down the stretch in the very last half of the fourth quarter.
But Steve Nash explained there is a lot more to be acquired from Thursday’s Match 3 loss than there would’ve been if Bruce Brown’s very last-ditch runner had absent down and they’d stolen a get they frankly did not have earned.
“I definitely feel it is much less difficult to discover from losses,” Nash stated. “I feel wins from time to time you can sweep things under the rug. You know I feel we just acquired to glimpse at the way we executed, I thought we did not make photographs.
“We experienced some seems that we just didn’t make that we commonly make, but I thought our execution could have been improved through. Good knowledge for our men, like we claimed a new group, they are however understanding, they’re continue to figuring issues out with each other and so it’s a wonderful expertise for us even if it was a painful 1.”
A single lesson to be realized is the ball has to move greater, and quicker. Kyrie Irving has reassumed the position guard spot with Harden hamstrung. He experienced 22 factors and 5 rebounds but just a single lone support.
The Nets experienced just 15 assists for the match.
Brown appeared to acquire a shot and be doubled more than in distress around the finish of the match. But both of those he and Nash claimed the guard was not critically hurt.
“No, I’m good,” Brown explained.
In a distinction of coaching phone calls, when the Nets botched an inbounds it led to a mad scramble just to keep possession. They didn’t call a timeout and Brown acquired — and missed — the last try with just over six seconds remaining.
Seconds earlier, the Nets experienced expected Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer to contact a timeout. But the two-time NBA Mentor of the Yr let the motion go, and Jrue Getaway strike what grew to become the eventual recreation-winner with 11 seconds to play.
“Just displays you that it could go possibly way. In those people remaining was in significantly less than 24 seconds I assumed Bud was gonna connect with the timeout. I’m sure other guys on the ground did too,” Irving said. “And they went for the brief two that put them up one. It took pressure off them to arrive down and get into an arranged set.”
Harden (ideal hamstring tightness), Jeff Green (still left plantar fascia pressure) and Spencer Dinwiddie (partially torn ACL, proper knee) have been all out for the Nets. Environmentally friendly is producing progress and has not been dominated out of Sunday’s Game 4 nevertheless.
Brown has announced he’s donating $50 to @SCOfamily for each and every playoff rebound he will get. That is normally not considerably for a guard, but his 11 boards Thursday give him 49.