Brooklyn Nets vs San Antonio Spurs 3/01/2023 - Scores24.live
Nets begin road trip in San Antonio vs. the SpursIt doesn’t get easier from here. On Sunday night, the Brooklyn Nets wrapped up a too short two game homestand against the upstart Oklahoma City Thunder. The game was back and forth for the first three quarters, but Brooklyn went cold in the fourth and OKC handed them their second straight loss. The San Antonio Spurs are hoping to get back on the good foot. They lost their fifth game in a row after the Sacramento Kings beat them on Sunday night in San Antonio.
Once this game wraps up, the Spurs have two days off before they play host to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. Where to follow the game YES Network on TV. WFAN on radio. Tip after 8 PM. Injuries Ben Simmons was a late scratch prior to Sunday’s game due to back soreness. He’s good to return tonight. No Kevin Durant. Devin Vassell is out due to a left knee procedure. Doug McDermott is questionable with upper back tightness. The game Brooklyn won the first game earlier this month. It’s a difficult transition going from second option to the focal point of the opponent’s strategy.
The biggest pains for San Antonio come on the defensive end, as they’re allowing a league high 119. 5 points per 100 possessions. The defensive issues have been an issue all season long and the youngsters on the team will need to learn how to get better on that side of the ball if they want to grow. After a loss to the Phoenix Suns in December, Brandon Koontz of Pounding the Rock wrote of the team’s woes: For close to two decades, the Spurs were known as a very, very good defensive team. Their yearly stats may have fluctuated, but teams understood that defense was always going to be a focus. That’s what makes the massive mistakes, rotation failures, and general confusion so frustrating to watch this year. We all get this team is designed to struggle its way to a high lottery pick, but I don’t know that most expected any Pop-coached group of players to be this poor at basic defensive rotation work.
It may simply be a byproduct of a team of young players, many of whom are still learning the game, but it feels like more than that. I don’t know if there’s been a shift in the message, new defensive schemes, or a lack of available practice time to get everyone on the same page, but something really looks broken. Opposing shooters have enough time to read War and Peace before putting the shot up. Growing pains are rough. Keldon Johnson is the lead guy for the Spurs, but being the lead option comes with its own hiccups. In his last five games, he’s averaged 19 points a game on. 387/. 214/. 886 shooting splits. This is his first time as the number one option on the Spurs, and it takes time to fully develop that comfort needed to be the number one option.
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The Nets will need Harris to maintain his aggressiveness and to keep firing. When the Nets get back to Brooklyn, they’ll have some new neighbors! The New York Liberty acquired 2021 WNBA MVP, Jonquel Jones, and Kayla Thornton on Monday. Read all about the big move here. If you’re confused by Jeremy Sochan’s free throw routine, don’t be! Don’t question the success! The Spurs are incredibly young, and young teams have a lot of growing pains.
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The Spurs allow the most field goal attempts in the restricted area per game at 31 a night. Open shots are the best shots. However, when they aren’t falling, it can be deflating as hell. That was Joe Harris’ experience on Sunday night as he only went 2-8 from three. Some of those misses came late as the Nets tried for one desperate final comeback That’s rough, but those are the shots you want Harris taking.
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