Kyrie Irving gives honest take on Nets’ recent struggles
The Brooklyn Nets suffered their third consecutive loss on Tuesday after bowing to the Detroit Pistons. Superstar guard Kyrie Irving admitted he isn’t too happy with their recent struggles, especially since they’re losing to teams that they’re supposed to beat.
Per Brian Lews of the New York Post, Irving pointed out their lack of aggressiveness as of late after losing to the Pistons, 122-111 loss.
Irving admits the #Nets haven't come out with the right energy against losing squads: "I don't accept that. And I don't think the team accepts that."
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) February 10, 2021
“We look very average, and we have the talent that the eye test presents, that we should be dominating. We’re dealing with a lot of the reality that we’re putting this together on the fly.”
The Pistons led by as much as 20 points against the Nets, who played without Kevin Durant due to COVID-19 protocols. Motor City shot 56.0 percent from the field, including 44.8 percent from deep. Jerami Grant once again led the way with 32 points while Delon Wright chipped in 22 more. Saddiq Bey and Josh Jackson dropped 15 and 13 points off the bench, respectively.
Even with two stars in Irving and James Harden, who combined for 51 points and 19 assists, the Nets looked disfigured against the Pistons, prompting coach Steve Nash to acknowledge that a “clean up” is in order.
“This is professional sports. The other team is talented and capable, and we’re short-handed. We’ve got a lot to clean up. Number one thing is just that attitude and that competition level and that connectivity.”
Kyrie Irving and the Nets will have a chance to snap their three-game skid on Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers.