The Nets-no, the No. 1 Nets-have won many impressive victories this season. There is no more terrifying message to the rest of the NBA.
For the first time since 2003, the Nets and debutant LaMarcus Aldridge sit at the top of the Eastern Conference, looking like a team that intends to stay there. They completely controlled the fourth-placed Hornets on both ends of the Barclays Center Court with a 111-89 victory on Thursday night and did it without Kevin Durant, James Harden and Blake Griffin. At this point.
“This is a great victory. This is one of our best starts since before the break, so it was positive.” Coach Steve Nash said. “This is a very good team. We obviously played a good ball, but we defended, joined people, communicated very well, rebounded. We are in charge of the business.”
Among the experienced trio, there are an amazing 26 All-Star combination berthed sleepers, and the Nets (34-15) reduced the Hornets’ shooting percentage to 34.9% and led by 32 points.
And they did it with Aldridge, not only making his Nets debut, but also playing his first game in a month-it looked great.
“I’m very happy there,” Aldridge said. “These guys are great. A bunch of good people just want to win and play basketball, so it’s easy.”
The Nets made Harden look easy, even though Harden was scratched due to a hamstring problem, which is believed to be a minor grade 1 injury. He is listed as a daily affair.
Jeff Green had a team-high 21 points, while Kyrie Irving had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists, an offensive score of .484 and a three-pointer percentage. 20 of 45 shots.
It turns out that reports of the death of the 35-year-old Aldridge movement have been greatly exaggerated. He went directly to DeAndre Jordan’s lineup and scored 11 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.
“[Jordan’s] The spirit is great. I told him, DJ, whether you play or not, he must be prepared and have a good attitude,” Nash said. “He was bought, he has a great attitude and support for his teammates. We are all trying to do bigger things for ourselves. “
Considering that Aldridge hasn’t played since March 1 (before the Spurs bought out, the game against the net was 3-0, 2 points), even Nash was surprised that the center was so fast.
But Aldridge is not.
“I have been working. Just because you didn’t see me on TV, or you didn’t see me on statistics, I’m not just sitting on the sofa,” Aldridge said. “I am an older person, so I know how to prepare. I am surprised that my wind energy is so good, because I thought I would definitely be more tired, but I feel good.”
Aldridge is just right for the Nets’ transitional defense, bringing height and positional intelligence. After the end of the first quarter, Green helped Green dunk and scored. He helped them get a 32-11 lead. He replaced Green as the old politician of the Nets. In the first quarter, the Nets increased the Hornets’ shooting percentage to 4 of 23 and 1 of 10.
In the first quarter of the second quarter, Aldridge scored or assisted 15 consecutive Nets. The second half started 12-2 and extended the lead to 30. When Joe Harris found Bruce Brown for a layup, it reached 84-52 with 5:45 left in the third game.
“Unbelievable pride, especially in the regular season against a team that is in a very good position in the Eastern Conference and has performed well recently. So it’s a good test to see where we are.” Owen said. “To be honest, we should have more games like this. We were the main team in the first quarter, not playing from behind.”
Landry Shamet scored 17 points in five consecutive games absent due to a sprained ankle. Now, the Nets can only hope that Harden will return soon.
“He did a good job. He performed the scan and it was clear, so he worked every day. Therefore, we are very happy that the situation has not deteriorated,” Nash said. “So, a long sigh of relief, every day means that we will definitely see him in the next few games.”