Simply 5 video games into the season, Kevin Durant is already working out of endurance. It’s not laborious to see why, with the Brooklyn Nets slumping to 1-4 following a 129-125 additional time loss to the Dallas Mavericks at dwelling on Thursday.
When a visibly dejected Durant was requested postgame what the Nets wanted to “clear up” to be able to get again on observe, he stated “every little thing”.
“You have a look at your entire crew, and have a look at all of your schemes and attempt to advantageous tune all of it,” he added.
Durant additionally pointed to the Nets’ dangerous protection on the perimeter late within the recreation, with the Mavericks making three 3s within the house of a minute in additional time.
And therein lies Brooklyn’s drawback: their horrible defence. The Nets have the second-worst defensive ranking within the NBA, giving up 120.2 factors per 100 possessions.
Already this season, they’ve now conceded 41 factors to Luka Doncic, 43 to Giannis Antetokounmpo, 38 to Ja Morant and 37 to Pascal Siakam. Ben Simmons’ defensive skills have been meant to assist issues, however to this point that hasn’t been the case.
It’s solely been 5 video games, however the early returns for the Nets are usually not promising in any respect. No marvel Steve Nash has been shedding his thoughts on the sidelines.