The Brooklyn Nets collapsed under a tidal wave of turnovers in the second half Wednesday, proving once again that ball security is crucial for the Nets.
Nothing shuts down the offense of Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson like turnovers. The up-and-down, fast-paced, 3-point-heavy scheme depends on the Nets avoiding one mistake, turnovers.
In Wednesday night’s preseason matchup against the Toronto Raptors in Montreal, the Nets fell on the sword of turnovers in the second half.
At the tip, the Nets looked to pick up right where they left off after a win in Detroit, led by D’Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert. Along with the Nets backcourt, Jarrett Allen was another difference maker, finishing the night with 24 points and four rebounds.
Along with Allen, DLo finished the night with 18 points and six rebounds, but only one assist.
What caused the Nets’ second half to go so wrong were their primary playmakers causing turnovers. Out of the Nets 34 turnovers, Russell was responsible for seven and LeVert for five. Rookie Rodions Kurucs also finished with six giveaways.
What could be detrimental to the Nets this season is the combination of youth and the Nets’ scheme. In the next week, Atkinson is going to have to push ball security to avoid giving the rock to other side.
Both Dzanan Musa and Kurucs looked solid on the offensive end, but not NBA-ready because of the turnovers. Both rookies have to value possession on the offensive side of the floor and playing careless is what will keep them in the G League.
In the end, as the regular season is coming next week and until the Nets take care of the turnover issue, we could be watching far too many games like what we saw in the second half of last night.
At the end of the night, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse had some nice things to say about Russell. Nurse told the media that Russell is a “big-time scorer” and “a premier point guard.”
The biggest positive thus far for the Nets is the offensive production we have seen. If they can take care of the ball, there is no doubt that the Nets will put a solid number up in the wins column.