Kevin Garnett spoke Monday about the Nets chances of turning it around, securing a playoff spot and get ready for the playoff. KG, who hasn't played on a losing team in eight years, was optimistic, but only up to a point.
"Yeah, I want to say yeah we can turn it around," Garnett said. "But it’s about the work that you put into this, and that’s what we’ve been doing here, trying to practice and get better."
The Nets are now behind last year's pace and while last year's team started 10-21, they won a lot of games in January and were 19-22 at the halfway mark. Now, the Nets are losing a lot of games and are 17-23. The Nets did play well in the Washington home-and-home, but appeared winded in the late stages of the second game, a loss. KG played in both.
When a reporter noted that the Nets were able to turn it around last season and get to 44 wins and the sixth seed in the East, KG noted one crucial difference.
"We’re a younger team," Garnett said, without noting who, like Paul Pierce, is missing. "Not that much experience on this team." He specifically mentioned the difficulties the team's two shooting guards, Bojan Bogdanovic and Sergey Karasev, are having as they adjust.
"Europeans, the game is different for them," KG noted. "Language barrier, all this other stuff that goes into it. I mean, I can sit up here and make a bunch of excuses, but at the end of the day it’s about executing and playing."
Still, he held out hope. "I’ve always said when you’re trying to perfect your craft, there’s always room for improvement. But we’re a hard-working group, we’re a young group and we’re a group that wants to be better, but we have pluses and minuses like everybody else."
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