Nets’ small ball experiment already displaying promise

Nets’ small ball experiment already displaying promise

The Nets had been already in experimentation mode, and that changed into as soon as earlier than losing broad males Paul Millsap and Nic Claxton. 

Steve Nash tried a pair small, defensive-minded bench devices Sunday towards Detroit, and both showed some promise. 

With Kevin Durant and James Harden both resting, Nash previous backup center LaMarcus Aldridge and surrounded him with a unit that included Bruce Brown, Deandre Bembry, Jevon Carter and Patty Mills within the second quarter, and one other that replaced Mills with James Johnson. 

Both labored, with the Johnson lineup a plus-6 in four minutes, and the Mills unit a plus-5 over a two-minute stretch. 

“It’s a extraordinarily sharp defensive-minded lineup,” Nash said of the Brown-Bembry-Carter-Mills unit. “I believed they’re a naturally defensive-minded community, but they’ve bought to additionally get ways to rating and play with lunge and construct one one more higher, and I believed they had been upright on both ends. So I’m if truth be told delighted with every person’s performance.” 

Durant praised that identical unit, which helped the Nets plan again from Detroit. 

“I care for that we’ve bought … a upright balance of players in that community. You’ve bought scorers in LaMarcus and Patty, defenders who can cut and construct plays, prolonged, athletic guys, DB, Bruce and Jevon. DB, Bruce and Jevon, athletic, hasty guys that can per chance salvage out and play in web sigh and monumental defenders. 

Nets head coach Steve Nash surrounded LaMarcus Aldridge (21) with a small ball lineup including Patty Mills (8), Jevon Carter (0) and Deandre' Bembry (95) during the Nets' 117-91 rout of the Pistons Sunday.
Nets head coach Steve Nash surrounded LaMarcus Aldridge (21) with a small ball lineup including Patty Mills (8), Jevon Carter (0) and Deandre’ Bembry (95) during the Nets’ 117-91 rout of the Pistons Sunday.
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“I care for what we’ve viewed with that community. Obvious we’re going to withhold trying to magnificent-tune what that looks care for, but we attach rigidity on them with the offensive facet of the ball and performed monumental defense.” 


Millsap (paternity trot away) and Claxton (non-COVID sickness) are both anticipated to be out Wednesday towards Atlanta. 


The Nets’ Metropolis Version uniforms are out, and they’re confirmed as an homage to their conventional New Jersey roots. They’ll be used a entire of 23 times, and debut Wednesday within the finale of this season-prolonged six-sport homestand. 

The uniforms consist of the stars and stripes of the Julius Erving generation to the 1990s wordmark and the argyle facet panel of the 2002 and ’03 NBA Finals groups. 

The uniforms consist of the stars and stripes of the Julius Erving generation to the 1990s wordmark and the argyle facet panel of the 2002 and ’03 NBA Finals groups. 


The Nets’ sport towards the Raptors at 3: 30 p.m. Sunday will more than seemingly be considered one of 48 weekend tilts over the path of this season that can air in top time in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as half of the league’s Europe Primetime Initiative. 

It’s the second of three Nets games that will more than seemingly be included. The Oct. 24 loss to the Hornets changed into as soon as the first, and the Feb. 6 tilt at the Nuggets would possibly be the final. 

With NBA games and programming available within the market in 215 worldwide locations and territories in over 50 languages, the Europe Primetime Initiative is designed to construct games and programming extra accessible to followers originate air of the U.S.

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