Kevin Durant turns down Trae Young late as Brooklyn Nets gather another street win

Trae Young had recently nailed a 3-pointer followed by a brand name slippery layup to slice the Atlanta Hawks’ shortage to one point with a little more than three minutes to play.

Yet, the next time down the floor, Young watched Kevin Durant squat in a defensive stance before him. Durant’s excellent defense on Young over those most recent three minutes was key in the Brooklyn Nets’ 113-105 triumph over the Atlanta Hawks Friday night.

“Just taking on the matchup was cool,” said Durant, who finished with 31 points. “These small point guards man, they’re so crafty and quick. It’s also fun taking on that matchup, he’s one of the best players in the league.”

The Hawks attempted to run activities to get Durant off of Young. However, Durant actually constrained the Hawks’ star into a turnover, then, at that point, hindered Young’s shot experiencing significant change and effectively safeguarded one more drive as the Nets completed the game on a 10-3 run.

At a certain point, Durant banged into Young as he was setting a screen and was required a foul. Youthful went chest-to-chest with Durant before authorities stepped in and called twofold specialized fouls.

“I was a little too physical there with that action and I kind of pushed him a bit,” said Durant, who said he’s known Young since the point guard was 10 years old. “He wanted me to get up out of his space and I respect that. Just a part of the game. Nothing personal, it’s all competition.”

Said Young about the moment: “We’re good.” Young had 31 points of his own in the game but was just 2-of-7 shooting in the fourth quarter with two turnovers.

After not playing him in the principal half, Nets mentor Steve Nash went with Nic Claxton at focus rather than LaMarcus Aldridge down the stretch. His length alongside Durant and James Johnson stuffed the Hawks, who shot only 6-of-22 and oversaw only 14 focuses in the final quarter.

Recently, the Nets finished a rebound win in Dallas by holding the Mavericks to only 13 focuses in the final quarter. Brooklyn has now won seven of its last eight street games.

“[Defense provides] ultimate confidence,” said James Harden, who had 20 points and 11 assists. “We’ve been having a lot of ups and downs, a lot of lineups and whatnot. We’ve just been trying to figure it out. It felt really good to just guard.”


‘Average’- viewing Brooklyn Nets expand slide as defensive hardships proceed with versus Detroit Pistons

After the shot clock expired Tuesday night, solidifying another disillusioning game for the Brooklyn Nets, coach Steve Nash entreated his players to search internally and ask themselves “what type of team they want to be.”

“I don’t think that we go out every single day of our lives and sacrifice the time in order to be average at anything,” Kyrie Irving said after Brooklyn’s third straight loss. “And we look very average. And we have the talent that the eye test presents that we should be dominating.”

Brooklyn has built up a pattern this season of playing incredibly hard – and often times beating – the teams toward the top of the standings, however losing to the league’s bottom dwellers. Truth be told, with a 122-111 misfortune in Detroit on Tuesday, the Nets are presently 7-11 against teams with a record below .500 – the most such misfortunes in the league.

Jerami Grant attached his career high with 32 points for the Pistons. Irving, who was playing with a sprained index finger, gotten done with 27 points and seven assists. James Harden added 24 points and 12 helps.

Brooklyn stays without Kevin Durant, who is in the NBA’s Covid contact tracing protocols until in any event Friday in the wake of being presented to a group representative who tested positive for COVID-19 a week ago.

Detroit leaped out to an early double-digit lead and controlled the game for almost the whole 48 minutes. During a break in the first quarter, Harden seemed to have a lively discussion with DeAndre Jordan about the team’s defensive effort. Throughout the span of the game, Nash pulled Jordan aside a few times.

“I don’t think they were necessarily picking on him,” Nash said. “It’s an emotional sport. We find ourselves in the hole and then get a little emotional.”

Jordan, who said he didn’t remember what Harden had explicitly said, admitted he should have been exceptional overall defensively.

“I’ve gotta be better for us, defensively,” Jordan said. “We all have to be better. But I just take a little bit more ownership on that end of the ball because that is a thing that I love and a big part of why I think I’m out there for us. So we’ve gotta be better, but I take a lot of that.”

Since the Nets traded for James Harden in mid-January, they rank toward the end in defensive efficiency, as indicated by ESPN Stats and Information research. And keeping in mind that the Nets had the option to trim the Pistons’ lead down to single digits, they were always unable to overcome the hump.

“A lot of teams come out very comfortable against us,” Irving said. “And then that’s kind of the feel for the rest of the game is that we’re playing catchup, and that’s just not the way to play as a competitor just always down.”

“We just have to turn that corner. And we haven’t done it yet, but we will. And I’m telling you the league’s going to be on notice when that happens.”