Nets vs. Kings: Jarrett Allen, Joe Harris, and Kenny Atkinson Top Quotes

See what the Brooklyn Nets had to say after their 116-97 win over the Sacramento Kings.


On best aspects of win:

“I think our defense was outstanding again. I thought our activity, we talked about it pregame, just having a more active group. I thought they were active, a lot of deflections, forcing turnovers, so that’s good news. Just another good team win. Obviously, Spencer (Dinwiddie) is doing it at a high level consistently since Kyrie (Irving) has been out. But really good team win.”

On rotation building confidence, chemistry:

“I do see that. I see chemistry between Garrett Temple and Spencer (Dinwiddie). I can see them connecting. I thought Garrett was fantastic tonight on both sides. Limiting Buddy’s (Hield) points, which is always a huge task, touches in general. And then he obviously made shots. I thought he drove the ball, Garrett was excellent. Getting Joe (Harris) going again is huge. Obviously, making shots really, really helps our cause. But yes, I do see some real chemistry starting to form out there with that group.”

On Dzanan Musa and Theo Pinson:

“I think Musa’s still trying to find his shot. Obviously he’s not afraid to shoot it, even when he’s missing. I think we all know that, and sometimes from 35 feet, which, we’ll talk to him about that. He did get to the free throw line tonight. He’s an aggressive player. I think if he starts to get going, that’s really going to help. It’s just a matter of time, because I’ve seen it. I know he can do it. But Theo’s play, elevating his play two games in a row, that’s been huge for us.”


On being in a zone shooting:

“I think you get a lot of confidence when you see the first one go in – actually I missed my first one, but in terms of just guys looking for you, finding you, makes the game flow a lot easier. It’s sort of an effortless approach, but a lot of it is, you hit one, hit another, guys are starting to look for you, screen for you and you find your way to open shots.”

On team's confidence:

“Obviously, we’re feeling good. We talk about it a lot. We’re just very process-oriented. We’re just trying to play good basketball, play the right way. We’ve done a better job here lately defensively. I think a lot of that is in direct line to how we’ve been offensively as well. When you’re able to get stops, things offensively come a lot easier.”

On centers feeding him passes:

“It’s dependent on sort of the defensive coverage tonight. Their guards on the back side pulled in to tag and they pulled in pretty heavy to the paint. You put the bigs in positions where they’ve got to make decisions and DeAndre (Jordan) and Jay (Jarrett Allen) just did a good job all night making simple plays, but making the right decisions. They took the lane when they had it and they made kick-outs when they were there as well.”


On keeping momentum after halftime:

“It’s been discussed by all of us. I think that was one of the things that has been holding us back. Looking at all the other games before this, the third quarter was really our crutch. Now, we’re getting rid of it and we’re running full speed.”

On team's growing confidence:

“I think we definitely are gaining confidence. It’s hard having Caris (LeVert) and Kyrie (Irving) out. They’re two of our best guys, but we know it’s our time to step up. We’ve always had the next man up mentality and we’re showing it now.”

On Joe Harris importance to offense:

“We’re hard to guard. If they hedge on Joe Harris, we have two great rollers, me and DeAndre (Jordan), and Nic (Claxton), who is coming along. If they don’t hedge on Joe, then he’s going to knock it down. He’s the best shooter in the league right now.”