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Brooklyn Nets not panicking forward of matchup in opposition to Pacers

The Nets aren’t overreacting. They don’t seem to be urgent the massive pink button.

It is the simplest factor to do — or to counsel one ought to do — when the going will get robust early into an NBA season with championship aspirations: Blow it up and begin from scratch. And for the Nets, Kyrie Irving basically poured lighter fluid on an already flammable state of affairs following Kevin Durant’s offseason commerce request and ultimatum.

Ten days from the season opener feels extra like 10 years for a Nets group whose on-court struggles are solely overshadowed by its off-court drama.

They’re a championship contender for the third season in a row, however solely have one win of their first six video games to point out — and their newest loss got here in opposition to an Indiana Pacers group they have been 11-point favorites in opposition to.

“They’ve [the Pacers] bought three guys hitting five-plus threes they usually have been scorching: Buddy Hield, Tyrese [Haliburton]and Benedict [Mathurin],” Kevin Durant mentioned after the loss. “They’re good gamers although. All of them will get $100 million {dollars} so whatever the expectation or what they seem like on paper, they’re individually good gamers, then they bought some extra that have been damage tonight. There’s expertise on this league. We won’t overlook all people.”

That is been the secret by means of the primary six video games — the primary 5 of which have been in opposition to reputable NBA playoff competitors earlier than Nets followers all-but booed the group off the courtroom following a very embarrassing effort — or lack thereof — in opposition to an Indiana group Las Vegas has gained fewer than 24 video games this season; and humorous sufficient, it is why the Nets aren’t overreacting to their early season woes.

It is one factor for the group to take care of issues shall be ugly earlier than they get fairly, and it is a utterly totally different story to reside that reality throughout a very poor begin to the season.

The Nets solely view themselves as actually having blown one actual recreation. The opposite 4 losses got here in opposition to the New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks, all groups positioned to make deep playoff runs this season, all of whom have rosters which have largely been constructed equally for years in opposition to a contemporary Nets group nonetheless trying to find its id.

“Issues aren’t dangerous. We misplaced a basketball recreation,” veteran massive man Markieff Morris mentioned after shootaround Monday morning. “I feel that now we have to appreciate that, six video games into the season with a model new group, Indiana was a foul loss as a result of they actually outplayed us, however the video games earlier than that, we performed in opposition to a superb group that had some good gamers they usually’ve been taking part in collectively for awhile, so they’d some camaraderie that we’re making an attempt to get.

“And 6 video games into the season, like, I do not — our greatest basketball is forward of us for positive.”

But on the opposite aspect of the identical coin is real concern, concern the cross-country Los Angeles Lakers have additionally proven for a championship group constructed round LeBron James that, just like the Nets, can also be off to a 1-5 begin.

What if issues do not get higher? What if the problems start to compound? What if the locker room fractures? Is that this group sturdy sufficient to maintain one other dropping streak?

The Nets have been preaching endurance however now, as a fanbase supporting a group with the NBA’s third-highest payroll begins craving for ends in the win-loss column, that endurance will actually be put to the take a look at.

“I feel our method as coaches has been to be trustworthy and honest on the similar time — to level out when it is less than our requirements, to level out the place we have to enhance and be honest on the similar time,” Steve Nash mentioned forward of a second-straight typoff in opposition to the Pacers on Monday. “I feel deep down, that is the one method we will actually respect the method, if we’re trustworthy that there are specific issues that must get higher and be agency with these issues. We have to maintain combating. That is the most important factor. We won’t take our foot off the gasoline. I feel we did final day out and we have got to withstand the urge to not have that profitable mentality, to be keen to go that further step for one another.”

That being mentioned, the Nets nonetheless really feel strongly about their probabilities of turning the season round. Ben Simmons mentioned the group had a players-only assembly the place he characterised the temper as “trustworthy.”

“Clearly I am not gonna discuss [what was said during the meeting], nevertheless it was trustworthy,” Simmons mentioned. “That is what profitable groups do: Maintain one another accountable, be open and discuss to your teammates and respect that.”

Simmons additionally glared at a glance of disgust when requested if the Nets can flip their season round.

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“F–k yeah, I consider it,” he mentioned. “I consider we will be the perfect group within the NBA. I consider that.”

A Pacers supply additionally relayed confidence to the Every day Information that the Nets — given their championship and veteran pedigree — would finally hit their stride and determine easy methods to win video games.

Offered, in fact, that they provide it time and do not fracture from inside earlier than taking part in their greatest basketball, the supply supplied as a caveat.

The important thing to protecting regular, in line with veteran guard Patty Mills, is to “preserve issues mild,” not driving the highs too excessive or the lows too low.

“Simply having the ability to keep stage headed all through this entire factor,” Mills mentioned at Monday’s shootaround. “Perceive that this can be a new group that we’re looking for the dynamics to have the ability to make this factor work, after which, that takes time. So I feel for us to have the ability to perceive and undergo it this early within the season, it is good for us if we’re capable of keep collectively and see the massive image.”

Mills does not consider something is damaged, and the group seems totally underneath the belief that each one will work as soon as they get the time to mesh, when Simmons totally recovers from his offseason again surgical procedure, and when Joe Harris and Seth Curry make full returns from their current ankle surgical procedures.

“I do not suppose something wants fixing simply but. I feel we have to play quite a bit more durable, we have to execute, that is what’s being mentioned, however between the group: The group will get alongside rather well,” Mills mentioned. “We’re all within the trenches right here collectively. So to flip it to a constructive, it is good that we’re going by means of this early so we will determine it out. Simply simply ensuring that we do keep collectively within the trenches to have the ability to work all of it out.”

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