Today’s Brooklyn Nets news features player quotes following the 107-86 loss to the New York Knicks.
After putting on a strong performance, and earning a victory against the best player in the NBA, LeBron James, Brooklyn fell to one of the worst teams in the league.
It’s New York’s first win of the season, and arguably the Nets first deserved the loss after competing so hard in their first five games.
Nothing seemed right about Brooklyn’s play Friday night. The offense was lethargic, and shots just weren’t falling.
Point guard D’Angelo Russell led the way with 15 points but only 1 assist.
He was the only starter to score in double digits after four of five reached that mark in their previous game.
“We’ve still got growing pains, but at the end of the day, we’ve got to be more mature. When you beat Cleveland, these are the games you’ve got to come in and win.”
Following such an impressive win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, one would expect Brooklyn to stomp all over the lowly Knicks.
Head coach Kenny Atkinson says that only one team showed up to play, and that team won the night.
“(The Knicks) had a higher energy level. They were the more physical team. We have to play better, and we have to handle success a little better, big win. And we have to handle being on the road a bit better. That’s the next step for this team.”
Russell, who missed the win over Cleveland with an ankle injury, says the Nets can learn from this.
“Learning how to handle success, days off and how we can recoup and be ready for the next one.”
Newly acquired guard Allen Crabbe essentially agreed with coach, and has chalked it up as an off night for his new team.
“Coming off a big win against Cleveland and having a day off I just think we weren’t prepared. It just wasn’t our night basically. We got away from things, they kept getting us in a lot of late-clock situations, playing a lot of pick-and-roll. … They just played harder than us.”
The Brooklyn Nets will have a chance to prove it was just an off night, come Sunday evening. They host the Denver Nuggets at Barclays Center at 6:00 p.m. ET.