The Nets have been getting their tails kicked Friday evening in Boston once they responded with a easy idea:


They began pushing the ball at each alternative, operating off Celtics misses, even operating after Celtics makes. And never solely did it consequence within the greatest comeback within the NBA this season, but in addition it supplied a template for a way the Nets wish to play.

No, make {that a} blueprint of how these new Nets must play.

“Yeah, it’s simply the crew. Coaches speak about transition and getting out and the fellows now we have, we’re all unselfish and play the appropriate manner,” Mikal Bridges stated. “All of us can run the lanes and get out. In order that’s why we at all times wish to get stops, as a result of I really feel like we’re a troublesome crew in transition. In order that’s simply the emphasis that we had, simply getting out after getting stops, go in transition attempting to get simple ones.”

The Nets performed a lot slower earlier than the trades of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, understandably leaning on the 30-something stars to prepare dinner in isolation. However that was a month in the past. A distinct world in the past.

If the Nets have any likelihood of being aggressive of their post-superstar period, they’ll need to run. And so they’ve began to do exactly that. They’re first within the league in tempo for the reason that All-Star break.

Higher protection will result in sooner — and higher — offense.

Bridges stated Nets coaches have made a press release about using transition.
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“Yeah, everyone seems to be studying on the fly,” stated Spencer Dinwiddie, who was acquired within the Irving deal.

“If we are able to resolve [the defensive] aspect of the ball and maintain groups within the 100 [point] vary, then we give ourselves a terrific likelihood to win, as a result of odds are we’re going to attain above that simply having the ability to play quick in transition. Since we bought right here our tempo is second within the league, so we’re going to get some makes an attempt up: Hopefully these open 3s begin falling a bit bit.”

The tempo didn’t choose up instantly upon Dinwiddie and the opposite newcomers attending to Brooklyn, however shut sufficient.

Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith arrived on Feb. 9 from Dallas. If the Nets have been deliberate, the Mavericks have been downright glacial as Luka Doncic ran iso after iso, for the second-slowest tempo within the league. Two days later, Bridges and Cam Johnson got here from Phoenix in return for Durant, and the makeover was underway.

Friday could have been the perfect image thus far of the Nets’ new blueprint.

Brooklyn Nets forward Dorian Finney-Smith (28) defends Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) during the first half at TD Garden.
Brooklyn staged one of many greatest comebacks of the season by their tempo.
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“We began getting these stops and that led to some transition buckets and simply bought some stream,” Johnson stated.

By way of Irving’s finale with the Nets on Feb. 1, the Nets have been simply twenty first within the league in tempo at 98.93.

The Nets now are in flux with 4 new starters. However in 5 video games since popping out of the All-Star break, they’ve simply led the league in tempo at 103.80. And so they’ve topped 103.5 prior to now 4.

“Offensively, we paid off by getting off and taking part in with tempo,” coach Jacque Vaughn stated. “Our small-ball helped us to get rhythm pictures, and as they have been operating again in transitions our cross matches actually paid in our benefit. Some actually good issues for our group.”

Brooklyn Nets center Nic Claxton (33) drives to the basket against Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) during the second half at TD Garden.
The Nets are first within the NBA in tempo for the reason that All-Star break.
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A few cross matches late within the first half Friday typified that.

The Nets trailed 56-34 when Vaughn pulled middle Nic Claxton and went small with 3:50 left earlier than halftime.

With the Nets down 22 after a Marcus Good pull-up, Dinwiddie took a fast inbound and pushed the ball. Robert Williams III was guarding Royce O’Neale in transition, however O’Neale dragged the Boston middle to the appropriate to clear area and Dinwiddie discovered Finney-Smith vast open on the left for a 3-pointer.

Then, even after Williams answered with a dunk, Dinwiddie pushed once more off a make. He bought all over the paint, kicked out to O’Neale who swung it to an open Bridges for an additional 3 earlier than the protection had time to get set.

“Getting that to 14, to 10, that was a extremely good stretch for us,” Vaughn stated. “This recreation is about confidence, and the momentum and shifts that may occur all through the course of the sport plenty of occasions results in you having confidence. That actually helped us on the defensive finish … and allowed us to get on the market in tempo and transition on the market offensively.”