PHILADELPHIA – The nets came out of the Christmas break by dropping their first seven games. Their starters returned from an All Star break twice as long and were humiliated by the 76s. They looked uninterested and unprepared.
The Nets, who had lost to Sixers 112-104 in extra time on Thursday night, gave Philadelphia a 20-4 lead and showed no sign of life until trainer Kenny Atkinson got a technician to argue a call first, and finally starters Jarrett Allen moved, Caris LeVert and Taurean Prince.
He used veterans DeAndre Jordan, Garrett Temple and Wilson Chandler, and their physicality inspired a comeback that was neglected in overtime.
"[Jordan] and Garrett Temple and Wilson – veterans who know how to get out of an all-star break and are ready to play. That's why you have vets on your team, ”said Atkinson. “The first team didn't come with all the physicality and mental readiness they needed to talk about everything. We weren't ready to play the game. "
Allen went goalless in 12:40 while Joe Harris was minus 25 and Prince minus 24. Temple was plus-27, while Jordan finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds.
Harris has no chance to play with Kevin Durant this season, and he has had little chance to play alongside injured Kyrie Irving.
But as a free agent this summer, Harris sure hopes to get a chance next year.
"Definitely! Why wouldn't you?" Harris asked rhetorically. "Obviously, these are the people I've gotten close to now that I've been with them last year. They're obviously incredible players. They see what they can do when they're healthy and play. I don't think it is someone in the NBA who doesn't want to play with these guys. "
Harris, who scored 12 points on Thursday, will be a restricted free agent this summer, increasing his team-friendly $ 7.6 million deal.
The cute shooting wing played alongside Irving in Cleveland as a rookie, but he grew up mostly in Brooklyn. He developed into a starter and won the 3-point title last season.
He hopes to sign with the Nets again with the temptation to play a full season against a strong competitor with people like Irving and Durant. And if he has a disappointment from this season, it is the case that both stars, along with LeVert and others, were in and out of an injury-ridden Nets lineup.
"Yes, it's kind of frustrating for everyone just because we were obviously without Ky for most of the season, but we were without a lot of people for most of the season. We never really had a healthy roster," Harris said. "I dare to suspect that there are probably fewer than five games in which everyone who was supposed to play this year was perfectly healthy. "