On Wednesday night, the Nets found themselves in a familiar scenario: on the wrong end of a close loss. The Nets fell 100-95 to the Spurs, but head coach Kenny Atkinson sees positives amid the loss.
Atkinson believes the team is close to turning those close losses into close wins.
"I feel like we're getting close," Atkinson said, via the Nets official site. "This is San Antonio, Toronto and Boston, these are elite teams in our league and there are no moral victories. But I do think they're encouraged, we're improving and getting better."
The Nets lost to the Wizards 119-113 in overtime on Saturday before falling to the Knicks on Monday 119-104, being outscored by 13 points in the fourth quarter.
"Like on a night like tonight we got better, we improved, we can look at things," Atkinson said. "How can we get over the hump, how can we execute a little better? Again, I think our mistakes are execution mistakes and are things we can control. And it's not just a Joe [Harris] missed shot, which was a great look, but are things we can clean up."
Against the Spurs, Jahlil Okafor played 13 minutes, scoring 4 points with 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
"Jahlil [Okafor] is really trying to fit in to our system," said Atkinson. "He's really looking to get people involved, he's looking to draw a crowd and make the right play. I liked the spirit tonight, I liked how we played. I think he got a little fatigued at the end, at the end of his stint there. But he's really trying to do everything we ask. I just think as he gets more comfortable, the production will increase. But he could easily go out there with blinders and just play his own game but he's doing great job fitting in with our group."
The Nets are next in action on against the Heat on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.