Whatever Nets Head Coach Jacque Vaughn has been telling his players at halftimes this month, he should copyright it and sell it to coaches at all levels. Since falling into a deep hole at the intermission in Boston on March 3, Brooklyn has outscored its opponents, 190-126 over six third quarters, which equates to an average of about 32-21. The Nets, who had been flailing in the wake of the trades of superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, have won five of those six contests, including a second consecutive thriller on Sunday in Denver, 122-120. Just like Minnesota point guard Mike Conley did at the end of Brooklyn’s 124-123 overtime victory on Friday, Nuggets center Nikola Jokic misfired on a potential game-winning three-pointer from the left corner at the horn.
There's no way the Nets can keep up that 3rd quarter intensity for 48 minutes. This penchant for relying upon small-ball to get us out of jams will prevent fans like me from fully embracing this team because it's a losing formula for playing relevant basketball going towards the summer