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The Brooklyn Nets have playoff aspirations, but in order to make those dreams a reality they must improve on defense.
At least, that is the philosophy of head coach Kenny Atkinson.
“We’ve kind of stayed at the same level defense-wise over the past two seasons. I’d really like to take a jump and improve that area,” Atkinson said, via the New York Post. “We were 30th in the league in creating turnovers. That’s an area where upping our activity, that’s a big area for us this year of improvement.”
The Nets hopes start with shooting guard D’Angelo Russell, with a cast of young and improving supporting players around him.
Offense is rarely an issue. But in order to get to where the Nets want to go, Atkinson speaks the truth — defense will have to be at least partially the name of the game.
The Nets have not reached the playoffs since the 2014-15 season, when they were knocked out in six games by the Atlanta Hawks in a first-round series.
The team’s last postseason series win came in the 2013-14 campaign, when the Nets won a seven game series against the Toronto Raptors before being eliminated in the second round by the defending champion Miami in five games.