The Brooklyn Nets are in the midst of a league-best seven-game win-streak, building that impressive stretch of victorious basketball over perhaps the toughest stretch of the regularseason.
After rattling off wins against the Golden State Warriors, the Sacramento Kings, and the Phoenix Suns on the front-end of the West Coast road trip, Brooklyn came into Staples Center and made a statement, closing out the road trip in style, taking down the Los Angeles Lakers, 109-98, and the LA Clippers, 112-98.
In this video, I break down the biggest takeaways from the two-game sweep in Los Angeles.
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0:30 Unstoppable Transition Offense: Brooklyn has produced offense at the most efficient rate in the league in transition, per Cleaning the Glass, and the two games against the LA teams were not an exception to that rule. A blistering top-10 pace and the burgeoning chemistry made for a truly prolific fast-break.
1:59 Brooklyn’s Suddenly Malleable Defense: The Nets have mostly stuck to a switch-heavy style of defense throughout this young NBA season, exchanging matchups both on and off the ball. Against the Lakers, the Nets deviated away from the plan, clogging the paint and staying “true” to matchups. But then against the Clippers, the Nets went back to switching to attempt to thwart the best team in the league at shooting threes according to percentage. Adjustments! They’re happening!
5:50 Mismatch Hunting In Los Angeles: The Nets went mismatch-hunting versus the Clippers, picking Nicolas Batum out, specifically, as the targeted defender throughout the night. James Harden and Kyrie Irving, in particular, feasted heavily against the 32-year-old Batum.
7:46 Steve Nash’s Killer ATO’s: Nash’s out-of-bounds sets were nothing short of spectacular, repeatedly drawing up simple but effective plays to throw the opponent off the scent. In fact, Nash used his ATO’s in conjunction with one another to make for a truly mysterious attack.
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