The Nets probably played the most important game of their season on Wednesday. Faced with the Sixers, they had a chance to recover first place in the Eastern Conference on their own, an ideal situation as the play-offs approached. Unfortunately they lost, and Steve Nash pulled out a depressing report about his team.
Steve Nash has a very special first season as a coach. He was catapulted into the head of a very talented team, led by s Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and just months after taking office, found himself in charge of one of the most impressive Big 3s in league history, with a logical commitment to results.
And for now, it’s more than meeting expectations. The Nets are very well placed in the Eastern Conference, playing an enticing attacking game and advancing in defense as they have the 12th best defensive rating in the league since the All-Star Break. The statistics are all the more impressive when we know he has to compose without a lot of players!
Kevin Durant is returning after two months of recovery, James Harden was hit by the strain, two substitute leaders Chris Chiozza and Tyler Johnson were also injured … Fate lasts, and Steve Nash didn’t necessarily convince his supporters by publishing a rather fatalistic statement.
– Tom Moore (@TomMoorePhilly) April 14, 2021
We may not have a regular season with our full team. In a way it doesn’t matter. We don’t control it.
Steve Nash should therefore attack the playoffs with very little certainty … The long-awaited Big 3 has almost no shared experience, and not all players have yet found their place and their role in this talented workforce. The coach will have to find the right balance fast enough if he wants to finally grab the Larry O’Brien trophy! The game against the Sixers has something to convince anyway.
Steve Nash will quickly have to adjust in a play-off with a workforce where the chemistry isn’t perfect. Fortunately, they will be able to rely on the experience of their assistant and mentor Mike D’Antoni!