Kyrie Irving will have to blend into the new collective of the Nets

Last we saw Kyrie Irving on a field, it was last November 1st. Brooklyn had just lost to the Bulls and the team had a terrible record: 2 wins to 6 losses. The day after, Irving is suspended for at least five games, and it is tonight, for the Memphis reception, that he will find the conditions.

In his absence, Jacque Vaughn became the head coach, and best of all the Nets won five of eight games with a crack defense. At the time of Irving’s suspension, Brooklyn had the worst defense in the NBA with 118.3 points allowed on 100 carries. Since his suspension, the team is now garnering 106.3 points on 100 possessions, and is simply the second-best defensive record!

“It is clear that there is a dose of uncertainty” Vaughn acknowledges. “My take on things is that the train will keep going, and that train is about giving it our all, playing together, being a team, and it will keep going. It will be up to me to make sure our group includes everyone. But the train will continue to move forward. »

“We play a different basketball than the one we played the last time he played”

Undisputed owner, Irving will find a more defensive formation where Ben Simmons has become the sixth man. In his absence the elements have grown in scope and it is up to him not to disturb this balance.

“We play a different basketball than we played the last time he played”, Durant points out. “I know the coach is eager to add a new weapon to our offense. He has some amazing systems for us and I know he has other things up his sleeve for Kyrie. »

Among the novelties is the team’s ability to play “small ball” and Irving should expect new things to be asked of him.

“I think that for this group we have to continue like this”warns Vaughn. “You can see that in our five we play ‘ball’. We had Kevin (Durant), we had Yuta (Watanabe), sometimes we had Markieff (Morris) as a pivot. To play like this, you have to hold on and understand that it won’t always be a good show. But it’s the results that count. »

Shots It bounces
Players GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF extension Turned off def Soon pd pp Int CT party Points
Kevin Durant 16 36.7 52.9 34.7 91.3 0.4 6.2 6.6 5.2 3.3 0.8 1.8 2.6 30.6
Kyrie Irving 8 38.7 45.3 28.0 92.7 0.8 4.4 5.1 5.1 2.4 1.4 1.1 3.0 26.9
Nicola Claxton 16 26.7 71.2 0.0 38.1 2.6 5.7 8.3 1.3 1.4 0.8 1.8 2.8 11.5
Royce O’Neale 16 35.6 36.8 39.1 71.4 1.1 3.8 4.8 4.3 1.4 1.2 0.6 3.3 9.9
cam thomas 11 18.4 38.7 35.3 84.2 0.1 1.5 1.6 2.1 1.0 0.7 0.2 0.9 8.7
Curry set 7 21.1 39.2 38.7 85.7 0.1 1.6 1.7 2.0 0.9 0.6 0.3 2.0 8.3
Joe Harris 14 26.6 39.6 35.2 57.1 0.7 2.6 3.4 2.1 0.7 0.5 0.3 2.2 8.1
Edmond Summerner 14 16.8 42.9 29.4 96.8 0.3 1.4 1.6 1.4 1.3 1.0 0.3 1.4 8.0
Yuta Watanabe 13 17.7 60.0 55.6 66.7 0.8 2.2 2.9 0.8 0.3 0.2 0.5 1.1 7.5
Ben Simmons 11 27.1 53.4 0.0 52.4 1.0 5.7 6.7 5.7 2.1 1.0 0.5 3.9 6.6
Patti Mills 16 11.7 41.3 38.8 100.0 0.3 0.6 0.8 0.9 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.4 5.1
David Duke 9 10.1 50.0 0.0 100.0 0.4 0.7 1.1 0.7 1.0 0.4 0.1 1.9 3.7
Day’ron Sharpe 11 9.2 44.0 50.0 66.7 0.9 2.3 3.2 0.8 0.7 0.3 0.5 2.0 2.8
Markieff Morris 8 9.6 8.31 40.0 0.0 0.3 1.8 2.0 1.1 0.9 0.3 0.3 1.3 2.5
Kessler Edwards 7 4.0 33.3 33.3 50.0 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.1 0.1 1.3

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