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We join you following a huge win for the Brooklyn Nets last night at home at the Barclay Center against the Toronto Raptors.
Hopefully, you joined us here with the play by play coverage.
We want wired a wire on that one in the game, where the Nets were able to take control in the sand and blue, never relinquished it, have a nice cushion there and then carried over all the way down the stretch with some solid defensive efforts and obviously some big shots along the way as well, exhibiting to come back today and just talking about Planet quotes ahead of the All Star break.
The Nets win a couple of games here before they hit the brakes.
So ah, nice feeling for them.
After having the opportunity three games back against Toronto in Toronto with that miss from the outside from Caris. Levert.
Opportunity for Joe Hairs to get the put backs put back.
Bucket there to get the win.
Can't do it in regulation, but the Nets turn right back around, get big wins against the Pacers and also against the Toronto Raptors.
So we start out by saying, What did the coaches and players have to talk about after this one? First off Kenny Atkinson coach The Brooklyn Nets are physicality in terms of what was able to get them this win here, remember 101 91 holding Toronto Just 91 points in this contest.
Ah, big, A big element of this win for Brooklyn.
So our physicality, the things that we were missing in the last two games against them Toronto, that is.
We just raised that we wanted it bad, Coach Atkinson said.
The execution wasn't perfect, but our will to win was at a super high level.
That's why we came away with the W.
So, you know, we had mentioned this on the broadcast yesterday as well.
You go inside these numbers from yesterday's match up.
And really, this is a game where Toronto shoots 37% just under 38% from the field, 30% from downtown on the net side of things 40 almost 41% from the field.
So they moved in the right direction over the course of the second half, but only 25% from beyond the arc.
So they struggled nine of 35 there from deep.
So this wasn't a pretty game by any stretch of the imagination we mentioned.
Cares. Liver got some turnover issues.
12 for the game, 13 for Toronto.
Not awful, but also not the best.
A little bit of sloppiness here and there.
But sometimes that's what these games are right.
You need to have the ability to grind some of these difficult ones out.
And late in this one is I talk as I was doing the broadcast last night.
I munch in there at the 2 20 mark.
Nets have that 89 point lead.
There's a turnover on the one possession, and then they followed it up by shot clock violation as it was Wilson Chandler trying to drive off that baseline from the feed Their God it was only about four seconds left, couldn't get past his defender into the rim in time.
I just made the note of it because you go back along the way.
Throughout this season, nets have had some opportunities late in games, not necessarily in that Toronto matchup where Harris misses it.
That's okay, but I'm talking about some of the mental lapses and mistakes that we may be seeing some of the miscues where really strong defense.
Toronto kicks it up into high gear, hearing about the midway point of the fourth quarter, their full court press and consistently against the Nets.
And I thought for the most part suggested a really nice job of working out of those You get inbounds dispenser dim lady, you had either Kyle Lowry.
Sometimes when fleet on him as the second defender want to collapse on him, you saw some quick kick outs, right? Get up to half court in one pass to Joe Harris, Joe Harris worked the extra fee down into the corner.
Dettori on prints order Wilson Chandler.
So they showed the ability to instinctually know where to go.
And that feels like something that you can hang your hat on.
Saying that the Brooklyn Nets Kenny Atkinson is probably worked on a little bit of that because some of the late game tight in the clock, when you need to beat the pressure from an opposition, the Nets have gotten sloppy and had some turnovers there.
So it's other than a nice job executing against the high pressure defense of Toronto late in this one to make sure that that 10 point lead held up over the last handful of minutes and really gave.
That's an opportunity to close this one out.
We move along with some additional quotes here.
We're gonna talk about Jared Allen came up in this one now Jared Allen didn't close out right? Highlighted the back end of this game as well.
The bulk of fourth quarter minutes have been played by DeAndre.
Jordan had another solid performance for Brooklyn in this one, but Jared Allen said, it's a great win.
He had 10 points and 13 rebounds is, well, game hi there, especially snapping a 15 game win streak.
That's for to the Toronto Raptors.
It's a big one for us.
So you knew that coming into it.
Everyone said it, DeAndre Jordan was highlighted in the pregame, saying, It's not about revenge is not to get back game, but ultimately you just want to see yourself winning this game before the All Star break.
I still think you're a little sense of that right.
You felt like you had the chance in Toronto to get that win and you go back to it now You think, Yeah, it doesn't matter.
It is what it is, right? You got to.
We got to two wins here.
You lost that game against Serrano.
But you can find a site boy, we played well enough to win against Toronto, two games out of three with Indiana in between there and their struggles, obviously losing six in a row following that loss.
But at the end of the day, we really played some high level basketball heading into the All Star break, and I think that's something they're going to go to build off of going into the second half of this season.
So, you know, big job there by the next, getting the W and playing a strong basketball in the last handful of games we moved out on the line.
This is talking about Spencer Dinwiddie.
Any time you win on back on the back of your defense, you feel like you've imposed your will on the game, which is something that you want to d'oh that that's the mark of a great team.
You can impose your will.
You can play your style.
You make the team adapt to you.
So that's what you saw in this one.
And I think that really, again speaks volumes to assist in that.
Atkinson's trying to instill in the Brooklyn Nets.
They want to be a strong defensive team.
They've had a difficult time doing that.
It hasn't always come consistently and again.
DeAndre Jordan is someone who has really stepped up in some of these minute shares here.
We were mentioning the double double their buying Jared Allen, but the honor during did a really good job fighting and battling on the interior.
Got a foul call against him at the start of sort of the third quarter.
There a really nice sequence that led Thio.
He got the end one opportunity.
Garrett Temple also gotten and one opportunity getting fouled.
So this was a game where the Nets were determined to get inside, forced the issue on the interior against the Toronto Raptors and see if they were able to defend against them.
And ultimately they weren't.
And that also highlights.
As we said on the broadcast last night, Nets finish out 20 of 25 from the line.
Good for 80% 10 of 13 for Toronto.
So going back to the Indiana game, where the Nets handedly, I think, almost almost three toe one at the line against the Pacers.
They pull off the same kind of thing here.
When you talk about the difference in the game being 101 to 91 that's a 10 point gap.
That's the difference of the free throw line as well.
So getting those opportunities, forcing foul issues.
They had Toronto in foul trouble early, got into the bonus in the first half with consistency.
And then you mentioned Kyle Lowry.
Piece of it where he gets some frustrations, certainly going for himself as well.
You know, this is a player who we know, complained a high level, obviously wasn't involved in the previous match up against the Nets here, takes a technical foul, doesn't agree with the Coal, gets hit with another defensive foul, and then his TLC works across the front court.
He's trying to set himself in the position.
He really is just a hair late and, you know it's a great veteran play.
We seeing Kyle Lowry take these kind of charges ultimately is moving a little bit forward into the side as he gets in front of TLC back whole stands, he has to exit and misses a large portion from the third into the fourth quarters there and obviously, with you saw the way Van Fleet was knocking from the outside, Ibaka had some nice threes, and this one, he really was the consistent threat for Toronto.
If you had had Lowry available without foul trouble, could have been a different game down the stretches.
Well, because then you're talking about having to three possible players that can get that ball on the perimeter and knock down some outside shots that can close the gap, obviously, in a hurry as well.
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Some of the insights that we'll talk about here before we touch on any other quotes that may wait.
Want to get into year? Ah, now the Nets had won a season I four games straight at home now marking their fifth.
And in those home games they had scored Ah ah average of 126.
5 over that four game stretch.
And that was the most ever scored in any four game span at home with in a single season in team history.
So they had set that record.
That's gonna diminish a little bit.
They still get the five game home win streak extended now, but obviously 101 to 91 so you don't hit that average mark scored 806 points over that four game stretch, now 907 over the five game stretching.
You see how quickly that will drop that average number down? That being said, one of the other pieces that we had touched on as well was Pascal siac, Um, not a big game from him.
He started to dial it up there.
We set into the third quarter when he hits that three ball, you really start to say, Boy, is this gonna make a difference here going into the fourth quarter, what could have been right? A five point swing.
Their nets missed the corner opportunity on the three bowl.
You go back the other way, started to turn over there on the offensive end.
So you lose two points there that could have extended it out to 15 then the Big Three on the other end.
And all the sudden it's 10 instead of 15.
Going in the fourth didn't end up coming back to haunt him.
But you certainly had those concerns, right, Those flashes of boy, when you get a chance that maybe pad yourself even a little bit further and let the opposition no, this one's over already, and that's don't quite do that.
But they do come out quickly there and the start of the fourth to get a couple of good looks and continue to keep their foot on the gas on the offensive end and making sure that you're exchanging.
He's one for one opportunities.
Where Toronto just feels like you could never quite edge yourself back into it.
Go back to the previous game, concern right, 30 to 19 in the fourth quarter for the Nets to get to the point where they have a chance to win that game.
It's something that he didn't allow to Ragnar to do in this fourth.
They played even 26 points apiece in the fourth quarter.
They matched Toronto blow for blow.
And that's how you kept that 10 point advantage all the way through.
But ask out Siachen is We're highlighting 34 points on went six of eight from three point range in Toronto's win over Minnesota going back to Monday night.
So he has this big one here and the rafters of 24 1 all time in games where Siaca makes at least 33 pointers.
Let's go ahead and stand ourselves inside that stat line again where we say Siachen, finished with just 16 points, went one of 31 of six excuse me from beyond the arc on a six of 17 shooting night in 37 minutes.
So and we mentioned that in the other time, in terms of the minimum, if Siachen makes X number of field goals in a game, I think they buck that trend.
Not in this previous game, about two matchups ago against Toronto, where the Nets did that thing well and then still didn't get the W.
The other side of it here was that? SIAC? Um That we highland this in the pregame as well. Toronto.
They play their starters than minutes, right? So Siachen 37 it will be 32 minutes official.
Just four points in this one.
Very quiet night for him.
He had that team high 28 on.
In spite of having those five, he finishes.
You think about this.
He finished with a triple double, 13 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists.
A very well rounded night for him.
Did everything great.
And then you think about what would he have played if he didn't have those five fouls? Couple of little breathers in there for him along the way.
But he would have been plus 40 if not for the foul trouble.
So they're gonna play their starters maximum minutes on the net side of things.
A couple of guys spike high here, right? Joe Harris is known to do this.
He finishes that team. Hi. Oh, excuse me.
Finishes second on the team behind Revert with 2019 points for Joe Harris, 7 to 12 2 of five from beyond the arc.
Fantastic work on the interior.
Getting at the basket had a couple of mid range jumpers as well.
Gives you six rebounds and two assists along with a steel in a block to boot.
But 35 minutes for him.
34 for din witty.
And then beyond that, you know, 36 4 lover to actually.
You know what? To be fair, I was going to say, You know, these minutes shares are usually very balanced for the Nets.
They went a little bit smaller on the bench.
You didn't see any level I thought.
Still go TLC, Temple, Jordan and Chandler.
Really? We've got two coming down this, Alan, only, please.
2023 for Jordan.
So what you really saw here is I'm trying to identify what the difference was.
Normally, you're gonna get about 25 minutes from Alan or DeAndre Jordan and then rain around that 23 or 24 minutes on on the other center in this one and said it was just 20 minutes for Alan and only 23 for Jordan's.
Everyone else kind of saw a little bit of upticks there.
And you remember, we highlighted in this game as well that at one point with Caris, Levert of the Floor, they want DeAndre Jordan and then that combination off Garrett Temple and Wilson Chandler.
So length and defensive presence for the Brooklyn Nets.
When you don't necessarily have some of your better scores, like Joe Harris and Spencer Dinwiddie out there along with Caris Levert, you go ahead and give length in size as much as you can have on the defensive.
And so you could hopefully maintain your leads that you have and see if you can, his edge things out in terms of the plus minus.
I want to go inside those numbers to just touch on some of these players.
You talk about Laverne.
He finishes plus three, you know, in spite of having those five turnovers that have four steals.
That was a nice balancing act.
There had four assists alone with those seven rebounds.
But you think about Temple.
Chandler ends up being minus three, had another bit of a difficult night for himself, stepped out of bounds on that three ball opportunity.
But again, by and large, interesting choice.
Some switches getting made here on the line ups and the rotations for the Nets.
Kenny actions in trying to find that balance, especially with Kyrie Irving missing a little bit of time here with that knee spring back inside.
Here is we talk about those game quotes and anything else that we want to touch on here.
This was really a story about our defense, Atkinson said, again touching back on this.
Obviously, offensively, we have a ways to go, but that looks like our identity right now.
If you say pick one thing that the Nets are doing well, it's going to be on the defense event.
So again the rotations, the assignments, the communication on switches.
I think they did a good job.
We highlight this during the broadcast is Well, I think that that's made that choice.
Early on in this one, Tory on Prince took on C aacm.
Siachen was able to back him down consistently early in this game, and then once that's developed that lead, you had to switch it.
If you were Toronto, and I think the Nets kind of knew that, they said, Okay, we're gonna go one on one defense here.
Ah, lot of times it was Tori on Prince Garrett Temple.
Even a little bit of Wilson Chandler mixed in, depending on how rotations broke down.
But Siachen was backing down the lane and getting some easy looks in and around the basket.
And that's fine.
We'll take those two pointers.
Well, have you work yourself down in.
We'll stick to it defensively, don't commit fouls.
And if the outcome is gonna ease, his way to point at a time through the game, fantastic is that he never gets into rhythm from the perimeter and he ends up not being able to have you think about again.
We highlighted that he had 16 points in this one.
He did shoot 17 fuels 6 to 17 1 of six from beyond the arc.
So he's five of 11 from the field, you know.
So by that margin, if you think about taking two of those made, it takes a few more attempts from three early, knocks down a couple of those and moves this needle instead of 16 points.
He gets 19 points at some points in this game, when it was an eight point lead.
Now it's a five point lead, so him not getting into that rhythm from the printer.
Obviously helped on.
And then you talk about Van Fleet.
Really? Everybody else had a nice shooting night from the perimeter.
That starting lineup for for 10 for Vin Fleet, three for six for Lowry and five for 10 for Ibaka.
And it will be we just have to but strong performance for us that started locked from the outside.
So I think the Nets made a commitment to that.
Accepted that aspect of the defensive mentality here, and it paid off dividends over the course of this game.
Ah, we move on down the line here a little bit, talking about some other ones.
Another big note here.
Obviously, we said Joe Harris had a nice 19 point performance that now gives him a three pointer in 43 consecutive games.
It's the longest active active street in the N B A behind Steph Curry.
You has 61 then, ah, bloody hell with 47.
It's also the second longest streak in franchise history, trailing a 61 game streak by D'Angelo Russell going back to 2018 2019 seasons.
So he'll keep that streak alive as he heads to the All Star break and see how far you can take it.
That feels like a franchise record that Joe Harris is deserving of, right, So we'll see if he can carry that over.
And you know what? When we talk about your Harris again here, let's go inside his numbers a little bit 7 12 as we said, two of five from me on the Ark, and that's great.
But let's talk about those last couple of games.
This is a player who, as we said, has disappeared at times and not for a lack of want or it's really just a game temple.
I think the way things have been dictated for him, but you talk about these last three matchups even going back to that Toronto game.
You know what? Let's go last five, really all the way back to that Saturday game because when you go before that will lead you into it saying, you know, take it wherever you want to go back to the 15th the middle of January, he goes ahead against This is going to be against the Philadelphia 70 Sixers six points in that 1 12 on the 20th Monday, the 20th.
He goes eight against the L A Lakers 16 against the Pistons, 11 against the Knicks, nine against the Detroit Pistons, again just five points against the Chicago Bulls over these last five games.
And in those games, by the way.
Going top to bottom now, starting with the Bulls.
36 50 50 33 44 22.
Not terrible present.
A couple of Doug's mixed in there, but it really came down to 4 to 4 and 11 5 out of 10 6 and 12 on then from beyond the arc There, one of 61 of 51 or two.
So not a lot of consistency from the perimeter.
Last five games, though.
Let's go into actually last six games.
That Washington game.
Eight of 16 from the field, six of 11 from beyond the arc Follows it up 16 points, seven of 13 2 of five from beyond the arc against Phoenix.
Golden State game.
Seven of 12 to a four from beyond.
New York. Just 11 against Toronto.
In that loss, five of 91 of four from the field had that big mess at the end as we know 15 points against Indiana for seven from beyond the arc, 5 12 overall and then 7 to 12 2 of five from beyond the arc in the 19 point performance.
Everything in double digits over the last six games for Joe Harris, shooting 53% nearly from the field, shooting 47% from beyond the arc.
So that's what we're talking about here, you know, for for Joe Harris.
Consistency across the board on Lee Outlier Really, in this last six games stretches that first game here against Toronto in Toronto, where he shot 25% from three but still shot 55% from the game.
Overall, they're all consistency.
Lowest field goal percentage overall.
Indiana Pacer game, where he shot nearly 42%.
So him playing consistent, I think, is very important.
And then you talk about number of shot opportunities.
12 12 9 12 13 60 I think when you talk about those games overall, this is someone that needs to get consistency, needs to have his rhythm needs to get volume shots and you know we'll go ahead and take a quick peek here at another player over this run, and that would be, Ah, Tori on Prince because I'd like to see the correlation.
We know the prince is getting volume shots, and sometimes it feels like it's directly coming away from the pool of shots for, uh, for Joe Harris.
Inside his numbers, we talk about these last same last six games to attend five of 15 6 to 16 4 10 5 attend one of nine.
So up and down performances for him.
We've seen some nice rebound games from him.
We've seen him look okay in some three point attempts.
He's shooting a lot of three pointers over that stretch of games, 27% from beyond the Arc.
There were the performances three of six against Phoenix, four of 10 against Toronto, three of eight against the Pacers.
But I personally believe in this game was nice, where I'm not saying he let the world on fire defensively, but did enough against Siaca made, um, worked out in the little block.
I think that as kind of what you want, you really want your hairs to be the leader from the shooting perspective.
Make sure that he gets his first, and he finds that rhythm because he can consistently knock down a shot when given the opportunities.
Tori on Prince little more streaky.
You wanna work him into the game as the natural progression of it moves along.
So from that standpoint, you hope that this is a sign of more things to come for Joe Harris in the second half of this season.
I think he's that valuable asset that the Nets need to continue to build off of as you move through the second half of the season.
Beyond that, we double check here to see if there's any last quotes that we want to touch on.
And, ah, this will be go to DeAndre Jordan.
That's what we need to do every night.
That should be our entire identity.
There are going to be times where we don't shoot the ball.
Well, offense is not going to be going, but our defense, we can control that.
So again, we said this before.
I know it doesn't look like it.
On paper, the Nets haven't been the strongest at certain points in against certain teams and matchups, but that's what they kind of want to hang their hat on and at least for right now, if that's where your bread is being buttered, Okay, Tink, on the defensive mentality.
Let the offensive end work itself out.
But you can control the defense.
You can control effort.
You can control execution on the defensive end, and then the shots go down. They go down.
But in a game where you only put up 101 points and you win by 10 that's something to be really excited about.
If your Brooklyn that's fan, especially against the level of competition in the Toronto Raptors, last but not least here will touch on one final quote.
Coming from Joe Hairs is definitely a step in the right direction, especially going into Indiana and getting a win there.
I don't think we'd beaten any teams over 500 which, by the way, the Nets had not beaten a team on the road with a winning record yet this season.
So that was an important check mark for them.
For us to go on the road and have a bin big like that is just good in terms of confidence going forward, and then you take that confidence you come right back home, You get the big win against the Toronto Raptors.
So fantastic stuff overall here, nothing but excitement on the Brooklyn Nets side of things.
And certainly you can hang your hat on these big wins from them as I cut myself off here by the head slightly.
But, you know, this is the way you want to go in to this All star break.
You want to get inside those numbers a little bit more? We highlighted this on the broadcast is always will Go ahead and just take a look at it.
This schedule overall coming up for the Nets out of this All Star break again.
Right? You won two out of three over a four game stretch with the Nets on Doug Nori myself.
Talked about on the podcast.
Could have been a, uh could have been a No.
Instead, you go out there and you get these big wins.
Let's go back to that Detroit game following the January 23rd loss to the L A Lakers the Nets have now won was at 567 out of their last 10 games.
They go into the All Star break will come out with a very difficult matchup against the Philadelphia 76 years in Philadelphia.
Kyrie Irving should be back off the injury with the extra extended eight days from the All Star break for rest.
And then you're gonna get Charlotte, Orlando and the Washington Wizards followed up by Atlanta as well.
So five games out of the All Star right now, four of those are on the road, so you have to factor that in.
But I think you need to win.
At least say you say you're automatically gonna lose to Philadelphia.
Gotta be Charlotte.
You want to beat Orlando and certainly washing, maybe take one of their loss there, but three out of five would feel, I think, good for you.
And if you win three out of five, you'll find yourself at 28 30 and right on the edge there, four out of five, which is possible.
And obviously that would get you back to that 500 mark that you really want to get yourself to.
So you start a trend in the right direction, right? Battling back to that after some difficult stretches when Kyrie Irving Parris lover.
We're out After that, you do with it, and this is why it's important to Because out of the All Star break Nets, we're going to start with six out of their 1st 7 games on the road and, by the way, 601st 7 789 10 out of there first.
Ah, take your real quick 6789 10 out of their 1st 14 will be on the road out of the All Star break following that stretch, which runs all the way through March 15th and the San Antonio A Sacramento Kings.
Then you get into a run where the Nets are gonna have some hard mattress mixed in here.
But they will then have a nice room where they get four straight games at home and ultimately seven out of eight at home.
So they're gonna have that good run there at the back end of the season when they will have to go on the road against the Pacers again, they'll be home for Dallas.
They finish out with two games out of their last four against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Who could that point could be shutting people down and resting with Chicago and Cleveland sandwiched in between there.
So there is that nice little four game pocket at the back end of this year as well.
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Um, the last but not least here really on this one is that the Nets did a fantastic job closing out before the All Star break.
I'm going to be back in to take a look at Joe Harris and Spencer Dinwiddie.
Jo Hair is defending his title three point competition 2018 22 years ago.
Excuse me. Special Gemini one that skills competition.
He's back in that.
So come on here and just have some fun over the All Star break and check in with everybody.
We will also come back into thought later today.
Maybe tomorrow Post up a little bit of a first half of the year.
Look, some of the highlights, some of the lowlights.
Obviously, we know that the Nets dealt with a lot of injuries.
Specifically, Kyrie, Irving and cares.
Avert what we've seen from LAVERNE over this last four or five games.
Is he trending in the right direction and then, from a Kyrie Irving standpoint, what do you want to see in the second half of the year? Easiest thing to point to would be health, but we'll go ahead and expand on that a little bit and just see what we want to look out.
For the record standpoint, we mentioned this in the broadcast last night.
That's 53 games through this season, so you only have another 29 to go here.
So the second half quote unquote, is a much smaller Chungking Games.
But the Nets have some very when the black movement match up there and what we'll do is go through the entire 29 game stretch, predict the outcome in terms of wins and losses and then we can identify where we think they're going to slot into seating wise.
Is it possible to catch the succeed? I don't, You know, looks like that.
Be difficult at this point.
And then where we think we're gonna match up when it comes playoff time as well.
So the big breath of fresh air at the All Star break before we get into those last 29 games and the Nets continue that push towards the playoffs.
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