Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving admitted his star-studded team looked "average" in their last few games. The Nets, who traded for James Harden lost month, picked up their consecutive loss after losing to the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
The Nets, who played without Kevin Durant for the second consecutive game, still entered the game as the favorites but the Pistons won 122-111. In their previous two games, the Nets lost to the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers, respectively.
"I don't think that we go out every single day of our lives and sacrifice the time in order to be average at anything," Irving said after Brooklyn's third straight loss, per ESPN. "And we look very average.
And we have the talent that the eye test presents that we should be dominating."
Irving scored a team-high
Irving finished the game with 27 points and seven assists but it wasn't enough for the Nets to beat the Pistons.
In the first quarter, Harden appeared to have a spirited conversation with center DeAndre Jordan about the team's effort on the defensive end. Nets head coach Steve Nash pulled Jordan aside several times during the game.
"I don't think they were necessarily picking on him," Nash said. "It's an emotional sport. We find ourselves in the hole and then get a little emotional." Jordan, who was once considered as one of the best defensive players in the NBA, admitted he has got to be better.
"I've gotta be better for us, defensively," Jordan said. "We all have to be better. But I just take a little bit more ownership on that end of the ball because that is a thing that I love and a big part of why I think I'm out there for us.
So we've gotta be better, but I take a lot of that." The Nets have one of the most talented teams in the NBA and they are capable of scoring in bunches but they are mightily struggling on the defensive end. "A lot of teams come out very comfortable against us," Irving said.
"And then that's kind of the feel for the rest of the game is that we're playing catchup, and that's just not the way to play as a competitor just always down." "We just have to turn that corner.
And we haven't done it yet, but we will. And I'm telling you the league's going to be on notice when that happens."