Nets vs. Heat: Brooklyn Back Home to Face Miami

Nets return looking for better defensive effort

The Brooklyn Nets are back at Barclays Center on Saturday night to face the Miami Heat after a disappointing two-game trip to Cleveland.

Friday night’s loss dropped the Nets to 9-8. They had won four straight before departing. Continuity has been hard to come by, but with the trade for James Harden and the return of Kyrie Irving this week, things may settle down in that regard, though the Nets do have some available roster spots to fill.

“I think it’s very important,” said DeAndre Jordan. “Now we have a full team. Everybody’s here. We just have to build off of that. We can’t get too down on ourselves or panic early, even though a lot of people want us to panic. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Championship teams weren’t built in a day. They’ve gone through struggles. So we’ve got to be able to take this on the chin and learn from it and ultimately come back and respond tomorrow and for the rest of the season. We know where we need to get better. We say it every game. We say it every practice, whenever we can practice. We’ve just got to be able to figure it out on the fly right now.”

LOOKING AT THE DEFENSE

After the Nets gave up 147 points in a double-overtime loss on Wednesday, they again allowed the Cavaliers — who entered Wednesday’s game ranked 25th in the league in field goal percentage — to shoot over 50 percent in Friday night’s loss.

“I think collectively as a whole we have to come out with better focus on the defensive end,’ said DeAndre Jordan. “Just more of a sense of urgency. I know everybody says that and it kind of gets old after a while, but it is true. We’ve got to come out with defense on our mind. Maybe that has to be our identity. We obviously don’t want to overreact, because it’s very early in the season. We’re not even a month in. We lost two games back to back. You’ve got to give those guys credit. They came out, played hard, fought and were able to push a second overtime the other night and tonight they came out and had another great third quarter and we can’t play on our heels most of the game. We’ve got to attack on both ends of the floor.”

A NEW LINEUP

After relying primarily on six players in Wednesday’s double-overtime game, and with Kevin Durant out on Friday, Steve Nash said before the game he wanted to possibly play a 10-man rotation and spread the minutes around a bit more.

With Durant out, the starting lineup had some surprises. The group of Kyrie Irving, Bruce Brown, Joe Harris, James Harden, and DeAndre Jordan gave Harden the first frontcourt start of his career, and was the 11th different starting lineup for Brooklyn this season in 17 games. Twelve different players have started a game for Brooklyn this season.

Jeff Green came off the bench after starting the nine previous games, while Harris and Brown moved back into the starting lineup.

“We’re constantly going to search for what is the best rotation,” said Nets head coach Nash. “You know, in a sense, Jeff came out and starting last tonight for one reason in that we're really small on that second unit. So we wanted him there with Reggie (Perry) on the second unit. So we're constantly trying to search and find that, is James is going to run the second unit. We’ve got to continue to work through this and continual discovery on our best rotations and combinations.”

DURANT’S SCORING NUMBERS

After playing 50 minutes on Wednesday night, and with the Nets going into a Friday/Saturday back-to-back as part of playing four games in six nights, Kevin Durant was held out of Friday night’s game in Cleveland.

Durant has now played in 12 of Brooklyn’s first 17 games, and he’s second in the NBA with 31.3 points per game. He’s scored 25 points or more in his last 11 games and hit 30 in the last three and five of the last six. He’s also sixth in the league in offensive rating (119.6) and ninth in plus/minus (114) over 435 minutes played.

Over his first month with the Nets, Durant is also putting up career-high rates of 3-point percentage (46.6), 3-point field goals made (2.8), assists (6.0), and effective field goal percentage (60.7).

ABOUT THE HEAT

Miami is 6-8 after Friday night’s 101-81 loss against Toronto. Jimmy Butler last played on Jan. 9 due to an ankle injury and health and safety protocols. Avery Bradley was out for the same reason on Friday and also last played on Jan. 9. The Heat were also without Tyler Herro on Friday night. The Heat went into Friday night’s game third in the league in field goal percentage (48.6) and fifth in assists (26.6). They were also 27th in rebounds per game (42.6), but with a big difference in offensive rebounding (30th, 6.9) defensive rebounding (14th, 35.5). Miami ranked 28th in steals per game (6.2), 27th in blocks per game (3.8), and last in turnovers per game (18.3). Bam Adebayo leads the Heat with 19.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per game and averages 5.3 assists. Duncan Robinson is shooting 46.9 percent from 3-point range and averaging 14.8 points per game.

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    W 119-114

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    K. Irving
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    L 104-106

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    14RBS
    Jarrett Allen
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    W 145-141

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    Kevin Durant
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    13RBS
    Jarrett Allen
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    Jarrett Allen
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    L 110-115

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    Jeff Green
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    Kevin Durant
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    Kevin Durant
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    W 122-116

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    34PTS
    Kevin Durant
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    Kevin Durant
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    W 132-128OT1

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    K. Durant
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    James Harden
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    James Harden
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    L 146-149

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    K. Durant
    37PTS
    Kevin Durant
    B. Brown
    9RBS
    Bruce Brown
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    8ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
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    TuesdayTue Feb 02 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 124-120

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    K. Irving
    39PTS
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    J. Harden
    12RBS
    James Harden
    J. Harden
    14ASTS
    James Harden
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    FridayFri Feb 05 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 117-123

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    J. Harris
    19PTS
    Joe Harris
    J. Harden
    7RBS
    James Harden
    J. Harden
    12ASTS
    James Harden
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  • away game
    SaturdaySat Feb 06 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
    L 108-124

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    J. Harden
    26PTS
    James Harden
    J. Harden
    8RBS
    James Harden
    J. Harden
    10ASTS
    James Harden
    YES NetworkWFAN
    Watch Game
  • away game
    TuesdayTue Feb 09 Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
    L 111-122

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    K. Irving
    27PTS
    Kyrie Irving
    B. Brown
    9RBS
    Bruce Brown
    J. Harden
    12ASTS
    James Harden
    YES NetworkWFAN
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  • home game
    WednesdayWed Feb 10 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 104-94

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    K. Irving
    35PTS
    Kyrie Irving
    D. Jordan
    13RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    K. Irving
    8ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
    YES NetworkWFAN
    Watch Game
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Feb 13 Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
    W 134-117

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    K. Irving
    23PTS
    Kyrie Irving
    J. Harden
    8RBS
    James Harden
    J. Harden
    16ASTS
    James Harden
    ABCWFAN
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  • away game
    MondayMon Feb 15 Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
    W 136-125

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    K. Irving
    40PTS
    Kyrie Irving
    J. Harden
    13RBS
    James Harden
    J. Harden
    14ASTS
    James Harden
    YES NetworkWFAN
    Watch Game
  • away game
    TuesdayTue Feb 16 Phoenix Suns Arena, Phoenix, AZ
    W 128-124

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    J. Harden
    38PTS
    James Harden
    J. Green
    8RBS
    Jeff Green
    J. Harden
    11ASTS
    James Harden
    YES Network, TNTWFAN
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  • away game
    ThursdayThu Feb 18 STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
    W 109-98

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    J. Harden
    23PTS
    James Harden
    D. Jordan
    8RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    J. Harden
    11ASTS
    James Harden
    TNTWFAN
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  • away game
    SundaySun Feb 21 STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
    W 112-108

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    J. Harden
    37PTS
    James Harden
    J. Harden
    11RBS
    James Harden
    K. Irving
    8ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
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  • home game
    TuesdayTue Feb 23 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 127-118

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    B. Brown
    29PTS
    Bruce Brown
    J. Harden
    11RBS
    James Harden
    J. Harden
    14ASTS
    James Harden
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  • home game
    ThursdayThu Feb 25 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 129-92

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    K. Irving
    27PTS
    Kyrie Irving
    D. Jordan
    11RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    K. Irving
    9ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
    YES NetworkWFAN
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    SaturdaySat Feb 27 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 98-115

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

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    Bruce Brown
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    James Harden
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    MondayMon Mar 01 AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
    W 124-113OT1

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    James Harden
    J. Harden
    14RBS
    James Harden
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    15ASTS
    James Harden
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  • away game
    WednesdayWed Mar 03 Toyota Center, Houston, TX
    W 132-114

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    J. Harden
    29PTS
    James Harden
    D. Jordan
    10RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
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    14ASTS
    James Harden
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