(NEW YORK) — The Brooklyn Nets have been playing much better basketball after a rocky start, and head coach Jason Kidd thinks that simplifying the defensive strategy has been a big part of the reason why.
“That’s as good as it gets when you simplify things and guys have bought in and guys are doing it at a high level right now,” Kidd said.
The Nets were coming off back-to-back blowout losses at the hands of the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks, bringing their record to an uninspiring 5-14.
But since then, the team has won four our of their last five games, and have played much better at the defensive end of the floor. They were allowing 103.3 points per game, but over the past five games they’ve allowed just 93.6 points per game.
Coming into the season, many thought the Nets were legitimate NBA title contenders after acquiring Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry, and others during the offseason.
Despite their struggles, the Nets are two games behind the Boston Celtics for first place in the Atlantic Division.
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Jill Martin, CNN
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