Nets Defensive Struggles Continue, Team, Loses to Hawks 114-96

The Brooklyn Nets showed on Friday night that they have issues on both sides of the ball. It was especially noticeable as the Nets Defensive Struggles showed throughout the night. In terms of offense, the team only shot 40.7% from the field, and Kyrie Irving had his worst game of the season with only 18 points on 6 of 21 shooting (28.6%), however, he did collect eleven rebounds.

In addition, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot seems to be struggling with his increased role, only scoring 2 points on one of seven shooting. Kevin Durant had a good game with 28 points on 10 of 21 shooting (47.6%) and eight rebounds.

Nets Problems

The Nets Defensive Struggles, 3-point shooting and rebounding. In both games against the Hawks combined, the team allowed Atlanta to shoot 46.9% from the field, and that number could have been worse if the Hawks capitalized on more of their open opportunities. Beyond the statistics, there were many plays against the hawks where the players were losing track of their man on cuts or failing to stay with the 3-point shooters on the perimeter.

For shots beyond the arc, the Nets only shot 7 for 37 (18.9%) on Friday night. Shooters like Caris Levert (28.1%), Taurean Prince (33.3%), and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (32%) should hopefully be able to improve their efficiency as this season progresses. And with rebounding, Brooklyn is currently 29th in total rebounds allowed per game and last in offensive rebounds allowed per game. 

Upcoming Game

The Nets will look to improve to a record of 4-3 when they take on the Washington Wizards on Sunday, January third at 6:00 PM EST on NBATV. Against the Wizards, the team needs to defend better on the perimeter, or else Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook will be able to score with ease.

The Wizards are also third in offensive pace, so the Nets need to make a solid effort to get back on defense. To view my previous article recapping the game against the Boston Celtics, click on this link.

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