Steve Nash: ‘We’re not a defensive roster’

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Since being named head coach, Steve Nash has not wavered in his belief that the Brooklyn Nets need to be a defense-first team. A big part of his reasoning behind that is the Nets shouldn’t have a problem scoring, especially with James Harden now alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

But other than a few exceptions, the Nets have not been good on the defensive end night-to-night — Friday’s 125-113 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers not being one of those special exceptions.

So what does Nash think about the continuous defensive struggles?

“I think we’re last in the league in 50-50 balls, contested shots, hustle plays,” he said over Zoom to reporters following Friday’s loss. “We’re just got to find a way to play harder, dig deeper. We’re not a defensive roster. We have to take more pride in it, and we have to win more 50-50’s, contest more shots, fight, scrap, claw — that’s what I think is missing as much as anything schematic that we’re breaking down.”

Brooklyn’s next chance to get their defense right comes on Saturday against the Miami Heat.

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