Brooklyn Nets: 3 Takeaways from win over the Chicago Bulls

Taurean Prince Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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#3) Turnovers

You can’t talk about this game without mentioning the Nets’ nonchalant nature in protecting the rock. The team committed 29 (!) turnovers on Sunday, with more than a dozen of them just being the result of lackadaisical play.

Fortunately, the Bulls never made them pay for their carelessness—shooting 42.4 percent from the field in comparison to the Nets’ 50 percent and left freebies at the line (17-25). It also helped that the Nets connected on 10 more free throws (35) than the Bulls even attempted (25).

Spencer Dinwiddie committed six turnovers; while Taurean Prince and Caris LeVert both accounted for five mishaps with the basketball and Joe Harris four. Wreckless play invited the Bulls back into the game—a 13-point lead evaporated and the game became unnecessarily stressful in the final moments—but their inability to consistently make shots was the story of the game.

Brooklyn is 25th in the NBA in team turnovers (per Team Rankings) and isn’t off to the best start under Vaughn’s command.

Even though it’s likely Vaughn just serves as a placeholder until the summer when Marks can fully evaluate which coach makes the best sense as a fit, it’d be nice to see the team tighten up and be more deliberate in their passes/sets.

Because, yeah, you never want to only make three more field goals (32) than committed turnovers (29). Still, the Nets won this game. Incredible.