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Nets’ Dennis Schröder gives credit to Kevin Ollie for instilling confidence

NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets are 2-3 in the era of interim head coach Kevin Ollie and while it didn’t look good in the beginning, Brooklyn seems to be turning the corner. The Nets have a tough task of trying to play its way into the play-in tournament, but Dennis Schröder feels the team is getting confidence from Ollie.

“I mean, coach is doing a great job just giving people confidence, letting people play,” Schröder said of Ollie after Thursday’s 124-97 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Schröder had a near triple-double of 23 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists in the first of two games against an Atlanta team that has the 10th and final seed in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament.

“He understands the game,” Schröder explained. Schröder not only gave praise to his head coach, but to his teammates as well after a decisive victory. “He’s been around for 12, 13 years in the league himself. And then, my teammates, they make it easy as well, you know? The transition was easier for me,” Schröder said.

After being acquired from the Toronto Raptors at the trade deadline, Schröder has been having some solid performances while trying to learn the offensive and defensive schemes along with his coaches and his teammates. Through eight games, Schröder is averaging 12.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 4.3 assists while shooting 42.7% from the field and 50.0% from three-point land.

Story originally appeared on Nets Wire