It has been greater than a month for the reason that Nets weren’t on a streak of some sort.
Now the problem is ensuring they don’t begin a brand new one.
After having their NBA-best seven-game successful streak — which adopted an eight-game dropping streak — snapped Friday night time in opposition to the Pacers, the Nets will attempt to buck the development and keep away from an emotional hangover Sunday when the Suns go to Barclays Heart.
“I believe not resting on our laurels,” coach Kenny Atkinson stated Saturday after apply. “I believe it begins with [Sunday], how we’re going to method that recreation, how we’re going to bounce again from this. It’s a little little bit of a distinct scenario. You had the successful streak, now you might have a tricky loss in opposition to crew. We had an opportunity. I wish to see how ready we’re bodily and mentally tomorrow.”
The final time the Nets weren’t in the midst of a streak was Nov. 20, after they beat the Warmth to win for the second time in three video games. The subsequent night time, their eight-game dropping streak started.
The successful streak that adopted helped proper the ship because the Nets made an emphasis on bettering their defensive rebounding and getting stops. But it surely additionally acquired the Nets believing in themselves once more, which they hope to faucet into once more Sunday.
“I don’t care what you do as knowledgeable, confidence is essential,” veteran ahead Jared Dudley stated. “I believe that, once we have been dropping, there have been occasions the place it was, ‘Oh, right here we go once more.’ Now, it really works in our favor. ‘Hey, we are able to win this recreation.’ So, sure, confidence undoubtedly helps like that. Successful exhibits the idea and it exhibits that, once you hearken to the teaching workers and you purchase in, it may be somebody new each night time, together with myself.”
Atkinson was annoyed with Friday’s outcome, calling it more durable than among the losses late of their dropping streak. The Nets had dug themselves an early gap earlier than taking a 103-100 lead with three minutes left, solely to squander it away. The ultimate stretch included Atkinson getting ejected after selecting up two technical fouls whereas arguing the officiating.
Nonetheless, Atkinson got here in Saturday morning and stated many of the clips he confirmed throughout the crew’s movie session have been constructive.
“The NBA, there’s uphill battles, there’s downhill battles,” DeMarre Carroll stated. “So individuals acquired swings. You simply don’t need them for a protracted time period. Sadly we’ve been on each ends of the spectrum. It simply exhibits our resiliency as a bunch and the way we’re getting higher. We misplaced [Friday] however hopefully that’s only one loss and we are able to get again on a streak. I believe we’re rising, we’re getting higher. Guys are stepping in and guys are rising proper earlier than your eyes.”
Dudley was inspired by the way in which the Nets responded mentally to the successful streak, and is hoping that even-keeled nature can assist them bounce again Sunday from their newest loss.
“As soon as we began successful, it wasn’t like we have been too excited,” Dudley stated. “It was on to the subsequent one. It wasn’t like [Friday] night time we lose and everyone seems to be down. No, on to the subsequent one. That exhibits you a crew that’s now pondering extra of a successful mentality [and] going to win the sport than attempting to lose.”