In the last three games, the Nets beat the Rockets and lost two others in close games -- a two point loss to the Kings and an overtime loss to the undefeated Warriors. Have they started to turn the corner?
"I hate to lose, obviously," Joe Johnson said. "[But] on this three-game trip, we should have won all three games.
"We’ve given ourselves a chance, and we know that we can compete at the highest level. We just haven’t been able to finish games."
Brooklyn does seem to have found a starting lineup that works, at least to some extent. After inserting rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson in the starting lineup, the Nets +/- numbers have improved. RHJ has proven a sparkplug, often filling the stat sheet. He's surprised with his rebounding, a team strength, averaging 8.4 per game, including games of 11 and 13.
"We have to get to the level of learning how to win," Lionel Hollins said, "because there is something to knowing how to win.
"They just kept coming, kept playing, kept executing until they made plays."
One reason for the better play --and execution-- has been Jarrett Jack, who had 21 points and 12 assists against the Kings and 28 points and nine assists against the Warriors. He tells Tim Bontemps it's the first time he's felt completely healthy all season.
The schedule, however, doesn't get easier. After playing the Hawks in Brooklyn Tuesday, it's Charlotte, two games vs. Boston, Oklahoma City and Cleveland. Only the second Boston game is at home.
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