Nets have two huge problems they need to fix ASAP

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 03: Kyrie Irving #11 and DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 03: Kyrie Irving #11 and DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

The Brooklyn Nets have hit the skids after a fast start due to some concerning flaws.

The Brooklyn Nets, despite all of the star power provided by Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, have lost four of their last five games following Spencer Dinwiddie’s injury, including a heartbreaker against the Washington Wizards in which both superstars missed potential game-winning shots.

Head coach Steve Nash is starting to get grilled for his inability to make winning adjustments, especially on the defensive end, as Russell Westbrook had a field day slicing through the middle of the Brooklyn D.

While Nash and Jacque Vaughn’s defense has been getting ripped apart in the last few games, the Nets have some serious non-defense issues they need to address, as failing to do so could help them slide out of the postseason.

The Nets need to turn the ball over less and eliminate second-chance points.

Brooklyn ranks 24th in the league in turnovers, averaging 16.6 per game. Only Philadelphia and Miami rank worse than them among 2019-20 playoff teams. One of the dangers of playing in this high-octane offense and letting players like Irving and Durant hold the ball for so long on offense is the propensity to play too loose and fast with the ball. This carelessness has led to innumerable promising possessions blunted by one errant pass or dribble. Nash and Mike D’Antoni need to help this offense take a deep breath and slow things down just a touch.

The biggest issue on this team, however, is the poor rebounding. Brooklyn’s 304 rebounds allowed dwarf second-place Orlando’s 286. Perhaps even more frightening is the fact that their 89 offensive rebounds allowed are far and away the most in the league, as Atlanta’s 68 pale in comparison to Brooklyn’s 89. That comes out to just under 13 per game!

Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan are both good rebounders, but that can’t be all the Nets offer in that area, as opting for speed and shooting over size and strength has doomed them early in this season.

The Nets might be a savvy, analytical organization, but they seem to be forgetting the elementary laws of probability. If the other team takes more shots, they will make more shots. KD and Kyrie are spectacular, but the Nets have been handing opponents free points over the course of this losing streak, and that simply has to stop if they want to get back on the right track.