Today’s Brooklyn Nets news features player quotes following the team’s 126-121 win over the Orlando Magic.
After losing their point guard just one game prior, Brooklyn rallied around their loss in order to produce a win.
In spite of a fire hot career-game from Magic center Nikola Vucevic, the defensive effort only intensified, and eventually won Brooklyn the game.
On his first game in the Barclays Center, D’Angelo Russell gave The New York Post a big thumbs up.
“It felt great. The atmosphere was amazing.”
Brooklyn had trouble putting the Magic away, who were as close as a possession away up until the final seconds.
Russell admitted that due to their age, finishing games will be the biggest challenge for the Nets.
“We’re a young group. Finishing games in this league is hard. Guys make shots when they have to. It’s where amazing happens. … Being better at finishing games with our group is going to be the biggest challenge for us.”
Forward Trevor Booker says that last night’s win was for Jeremy Lin, who will be out for the entire 2017-2018 season.
“We still have to go out and play, and we can dedicate this win to him. It’s a big win for us.”
Newcomer DeMarre Carroll, who was acquired via trade this summer, was surprised by the attendance and energy level at Barclays.
“It was crazy. The fans were excited, they were loud. I didn’t expect to see that many fans. It was great. We’ve got a lot of supporters, a lot of loyal fans. We’ve just got to go out there and play hard and try not to let them down.”
At the end of the day, Booker added that the Nets were hungry for the win, which ultimately earned them the W. He was a big part of that, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against the Magic.
“We definitely wanted it and I think it showed on the court, we were tired, but we wanted it so we pushed through it.”
The Brooklyn Nets will host the Atlanta Hawks this Sunday. Tip-off is at 3:30 PM EST.