NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets have had some trouble closing games lately and that has been a big reason for why they are sliding down the Eastern Conference standings. Like clockwork, the Nets found themselves in a similar situation where they built a big lead only for the game to come down the last few possessions to determine the winner.
“We not try to think about the past,” Brooklyn guard Mikal Bridges said after Saturday’s 106-104 win over the Houston Rockets. The Nets led by many as 28 points in the game after Brooklyn won the first quarter 35-15 thanks to some wonderful plays from players like Bridges. Bridges said that either way, the Nets have to keep going whether they have a lead or not.
“Just try to go out there and keep going,” Bridges explained. “Sometimes, it’s human nature when you’re up a lot just to relax, but it’s the NBA. Being up 28, especially that early, is nothing. man.”
While the Nets were able to pull out the win thanks to some plays that they made along with some instances that went their way, it’s still concerning that Brooklyn was possibly one shot away from losing this game. Until they become better at maintaining leads at any point of the game, the Nets will have fourth quarter execution in the back of their minds.