Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash explained how the loss vs. Detroit on February 9 provided the much-needed motivation for the team to defend better.
(via Malika Andrews of ESPN):
“That [Detroit loss] was a low for us, and it did provoke some conversations and kind of a rededication to what we’re trying to do,” Nets coach Steve Nash said. “I’m proud of the way they responded since then, obviously we’ve taken care of business.”
Since their loss to Detroit, Brooklyn improved its defense climbing up from the Top-3 worst defenses in the leagues allowing 117.3 points per contest to the ninth best ranking allowing 111.4 points in the last five games.
The Nets are on a 5-0 record since February 9 with the latest win being against the Los Angeles Lakers, despite not having Kevin Durant available.
The Lakers also had important absences with Antony Davis and Dennis Schröder being unavailable. Both teams are among the favorites to win the title this year.