The Brooklyn Nets lost their fifth game in the top six to open the 2022-23 season and coach Steve Nash summed up their latest defeat: “a disaster”.
The Nets fell to the Indiana Pacers, 125-116, on Saturday night. Pacer rookie Bennedict Mathurin set a career record of 32 points, including six from three, and Tyrese Haliburton lost 26 points to add to Brooklyn’s misery to start the season.
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“It was a disaster,” Nash said, via ESPN. “How else do you say that? I didn’t see the will, I didn’t see the desire or the connectivity needed to get stops and bounces … We just have to make a bigger commitment and it has to mean more and we have to worry more.”
The team reportedly only had a match with the players after the defeat and the locker room was closed before the media could enter.
“It was a shit night,” Kevin Durant added. “Excuse my language, it was a bad night … We are p —–. We like basketball. We like to win, though, so obviously when we lose games it will be a dark mood in the locker room. But it will change when we start. to play good basketball. We have a lot of basketball to play in front of us. “
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Ben Simmons said the players had an “honest” conversation about their game.
“We are in constant communication all the time,” Durant said. “Whether it’s a scheduled match or not, I think we all talk about what we need to do as a team every day. So regardless of whether it was after a defeat or a match, we always have it. We are always in constant dialogue about what we have to do as a group, so I wouldn’t say it was anything special. “
Even with a star-studded roster, Brooklyn has only managed to defeat the Toronto Raptors this season. Since then, they have lost four in a row. The defense conceded 124.5 points per game during its current losing streak. They conceded 122.8 points earlier–game this season, which is in 29th place in the league, just ahead of the Detroit Pistons.
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Brooklyn have another game against the Pacers on Monday night.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.