With the Nets looking for ways to dig themselves out of their rut, something as fundamental as rebounding could be the key to success.
The Nets have just five games left before the All-Star break, and they are aiming to reach it on a winning note. However, after dropping six of their last seven, Brooklyn is having issues with their opponents. And things won't be getting any easier as they will face teams like the Rockets and Pistons.
SG Joe Harris knows the team must stay focused on the games ahead and not the break from the court.
"We have a really tough stretch ahead before the All-Star break. It's more of a mental thing than anything else. It's about staying tough until the All-Star break, not packing it in early," Harris told The Post's Brian Lewis. "Everybody this time of year has the tendency to start thinking about vacations or whatever they have going...and looking forward to the break. We need to stay strong mentally and finish things out."
Banging the boards is one way this Nets team can finish strong into the break. In the last two games, opponents have out-rebounded Brooklyn 110-74, and head coach Kenny Atkinson needs to see a change in that statistic.
"We've got to rebound the ball. We've really struggled and it's hurt us in the last couple games," Atkinson said.
Spencer Dinwiddie added it isn't just on the big men to get rebounds. Everyone needs to get to the glass, including the guards.
"Rebounding is a collective thing. It's a team effort, and it's part of that focus and compete level for sure," Dinwiddie said. "We have to play better team defense, we have to finish our team defense with rebounds, and do a better job collectively and individually."
The Nets actually own the top spot in total rebounds this year with 2439, however, they have a minus-50 differential as teams have secured 2489 over their games thus far.