The Brooklyn Nets are on a roll since the calendar turned to 2014 as they have won eight of their last nine games. The cause of this turnaround? It’s clearly been the defense that was ranked near the bottom of the league early in the season, but has since rebounded to be one of the NBA’s best. Seriously, in their last nine games they allowed 100 points just once including a game where they held the Miami Heat below the century mark even though they played two overtimes.
The Eagle’s own John Torenli has a column on the Nets’ improved D in today’s paper. Here is an excerpt:
A smaller lineup installed by head coach Jason Kidd, arguably the best corps of reserves in the NBA and a renewed tenacity and attention to detail has Brooklyn thriving following a dismal 10-21 start that threatened to derail the season before it even truly got started.
But make no mistake.
The Nets would still be wallowing in their early season miseries if not for a concerted effort to get back on defense and play both sides of the floor, something they notably lacked in November and December.
“Defense. That’s where we set our tone,” point guard Shaun Livingston stated emphatically after the Nets limited the Magic to only 14 third-quarter points to take control of the game for good. “It’s what we’ve been trying to hang our hat on.”
Read the rest of J.T.’s article for more on how the Nets have turned it around in the new year.