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Surging Nets knows they have to get their games started

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The Nets are riding a winning streak into Season 6. However, they’ve made the past few wins harder than they should have been – and they’re about to get even tougher.

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The good news for the Knights (19-12) is that their two biggest wins of the season have come in their last two games. They recovered from an 18-point deficit to win Friday night in Toronto and came back from a 19-point gap To an amazing victory on Sunday in Detroit.

The bad news is quite obvious. After a pair of losing teams (the Raptors are down six in a row, the Pistons are in the basement of the Eastern Conference) a not-so-perfect 37-point total.

The competition will get even more intense starting Wednesday night against the visiting Warriors. And the Nets, who have won 10 of their past 11 games, know they’ll need to focus even more out of the gate than they have been in.

“Of course. It’s a big challenge for us. So I think we have to raise our level of play,” said Royce O’Neill. “The way we’ve been playing sometimes, you know, can’t come with a lack of energy or a [focus]. We have to set the tone from the jump and then we just have to execute and control the whole game.”

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Jack Vaughn says the Nets need to get off to a better start.
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Coach Jacque Vaughn doesn’t plan to change any pre-game training or routines, but he readily admits it’s a bad habit he should shake quickly.

“[There] It definitely has to be a higher level of focus and preparation,” said Vaughn. “You don’t want to go into a game and dig yourself into a hole like we’ve had our last two games, double digits, because there might not be any way out of it. Total [we’re a] A healthy group and looking forward to seeing game by game… what that brings.

“It’s the same group that started that game that ended up having a really good third quarter to get us back in the game. So it’s a level of concentration. Let’s focus. Let’s be professional, let’s be ready to play, whoever the team is, what guys are in front of us. So I told these guys. After the game they need to be challenged, which I understand. They challenge themselves these two games digging a hole and digging through it, but we don’t want to do that too much.”

Since returning to the court this month, veteran TJ Warren has come off the bench and tried to help turn around several slow net starts.

“It’s a running game, so the guys get out there, and they just know when the game comes in what they’re missing and try to provide that energy and that spark,” Warren said, adding philosophically, “We’re going to have slow starts. It’s a long season. The guys are going to have good starts too. It’s a long season.” .

TJ Warren gave the Nets a spark off the bench.
TJ Warren gave the Nets a spark off the bench.
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TRUE. But they won’t be able to put up with slow starts over the next week because they’ve had the last two games, because they won’t be able to beat them easily.

Warriors may not be the usual dominants themselves. They’re playing without superstar Stephen Curry and were just 15-16 making their Tuesday night game against the Knicks at the Lawn. But the defending champions still have Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. The Bucks — who won the title in 2021 and are currently leading the Eastern Conference — come up against the Nets on Friday.

Then comes a three-game road trip, which kicks off Monday at the third-seeded Cavaliers, which the Nets trail with a game of ₂ 1 //. Cleveland leads the league in the Simple Basketball Reference rating system.

“I mean, every game is exciting. You know, it’s going to be a good challenge for us,” O’Neal said. “Two big games coming up. Take them one game at a time and just be ourselves.”

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