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Nets vs. Raptors: Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, and Kenny Atkinson Top Quotes

Postgame quotes from the 121-102 loss to the Raptors

See what the Brooklyn Nets had to say after their 121-102 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

KENNY ATKINSON

On the loss:

“Fourth quarter. Last four out of five games, we were right there, or lead, or close. That’s a theme. That’s a big theme right now. We have to figure out why. Fourth quarters have really been a thorn in our sides. It was again tonight. We competed for three quarters of the game, a little bit more than three quarters. I think when we subbed the starters back in the game, it was a six- or seven-point game and then they kind of went on a run and I’ve kind of seen that film before recently, so we have to figure it out. We have to figure out why we’re running out of gas. Is it physical? Is it execution? It’s probably a combination of all of those things.”

On losing five straight:

“When I first started this job, we had 20 wins and were the worst team in the league, so we’ve been through the losing streaks and it’s just part of this league. It happens, but this will test us, test our character. I told the guys in the locker room, this happens during the NBA, and we’ll get it back. We’ll get it back down the road when we win five out of six or win six in a row. I have enough confidence in the team. We have to stick with our habits and our principles and trust what we do and we’ll get out of this.”

On Toronto defense:

“I think. Toronto’s second in the league in defensive efficiency. We are 23rd in offense. Just in general, and I should have started my press conference giving them credit. I’ve said this since we played them in preseason. I think they’re going to contend for a championship. They’re a hell of a team. Great experience. Great defensive team. Maybe one of the most athletic teams in the league. They just do a heck of a job. Not making excuses for our guys, but a lot of it was on them. They forced us into 24 turnovers. That’s what they do. They turn you over. We couldn’t handle their pressure.

JOE HARRIS

On fourth quarter issues:

“I think just looking at it, defensively, we’ve given up a lot of points in these fourth-quarter stretches – where it may be a lack of execution on one end or the other. Tonight was sort of cumulative – it kind of built up there in the third, where we gave up 35 points. In the fourth we gave up 38, which is way too many. You’re not going to win a lot of games, especially finishing out games like that.”

On searching for answers:

“I think some of the games are frustrating. At the end of the day, a lot of us have been around – maybe for some of the younger guys it’s a little bit different. We talk about it a lot – there’s a lot of ebbs and flows individually through the course of the season and there’s a lot of ebbs and flows collectively as a team over the course of the season. Obviously, you don’t want to go through four or five-game losing streaks, but these things happen. You stick with the process, you stay level-headed and you trust in the process that we are going to figure it out and get it back on the right track.”

On Kyrie Irving:

“I think just from a psychological perspective, it’s tough. He’s a competitor at the end of the day. That’s why he is one of the best players in this league. He wants to be out there with his teammates. He’s doing everything in his power to get back. Hitting some different hurdles here and there, but at the end of the day, the most important thing is your health and you’ve got to make sure that your body is right before anything else. By no means are any of us asking him to rush back. You want him to be healthy, hundred percent, comfortable. But I know it is frustrating for him, but I think he knows to a man in this locker room everybody’s got his back and knows he’s putting in the work he needs and controlling what he can control.”

CARIS LEVERT

On first game back:

“I felt pretty good out there. Obviously we wanted to get a win, but just me personally, I felt pretty good.”

On minutes restrictions:

“I’m not sure – I’m just out here to play – that’s for coach and the performance staff. Whatever minutes I’m given, I’m just going to try to go out there and do what I can.”

On biggest thing to overcome in first gamed back:

“Probably defensive rebounding – I feel like I could’ve done a lot better job there. I think I could’ve done a much better job helping out the rebounding.”

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