The networks have some momentum in the all-star break. Now they hope better that things will go better for them than during the Christmas break.
"[Coach Kenny Atkinson] is concerned about another break because we got out of Christmas which was terrible, ”said Spencer Dinwiddie, who said they learned some important lessons from this dive. “We hope not to do that again and to learn from our mistakes.
"Don't drink too much eggnog. If you're on the all-star break and you're in Chicago, don't celebrate too crazy, Joe Harris."
Dinwiddie will be on the Skills Challenge all-star weekend and Harris will defend his 3-point title. The others are free, but the key is not to let the rest turn into rust.
"The biggest thing is to make sure some boys recover, but some boys get enough work during the break," said Harris.
“The last time we had a few days off, we turned and were 3–13 years old. A lot of people are still trying to stay locked up. Use the free time, rest, relax, get our body right and make sure that we end this second half of the year strongly. "
When the nets had four days off for the holidays, they enjoyed them too much. They lost seven straight and 12 of their next 14.
This time they have a week off before playing again in Philadelphia on February 20.
"We should probably not do what we did last time on this route. But you learn from things, you learn from experience. It was obviously a negative time for us," said DeAndre Jordan with a rueful grimace.
“We know what we have to do to get our body used to the store, but also to rest. We have learned from this experience. We also have some veterans here who know how to use this free time. "
What exactly did you learn?
"Enjoy the break, but when we get back, we have work to do," said Jarrett Allen. “If we want to get where we need to be and where we want to be, we have to be locked up.
"Enjoy the vacation, but don't forget that we still have a job to do. We still have games to play when we get back. Be ready for it."
When they come back they have to be ready to play 10 of their next 14 on the street. Allen, 21, said he was smarter about dealing with layoffs than before.
"I know what I have to do to keep my body ready. I know I still have to stay in shape, work a little on the treadmill, shoot a little, ”he said. "When I was a beginner, I thought," This is time to sit back, "he said." I came back, I was out of breath the first time I worked out. Now I know what to do. "