James Harden: Nets are nowhere near being best team in NBA



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James Harden: Nets are nowhere near being best team in NBA

Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash and star guard James Harden agree the team KS "nowhere near" being the best in the NBA. The Golden State Warriors blew out the Nets 117-99 on Tuesday night and after the game Nash admitted the Warriors are better than the Nets.

"Well, I just don't think we're in that category yet," Nash said, after Brooklyn was blown out in the third quarter despite Stephen Curry sitting for the majority of it with foul trouble. "We got a lot of work to do.

We're trying to improve as a group, get better and hopefully we can find a way to overcome some of our deficiencies by the end of the year." Harden says the Nets wants to be the best but admits they are not there yet.

"We're just trying to get better every game," Nets star Harden said after finishing with 24 points, four rebounds and four assists. "The goal is to be the best team at the end of the season, in the postseason.

That's the goal. But probably not [there yet]. We're probably nowhere near. But it's a long season for us to get better, and we will continue to get better."

Harden has a clear picture of what the Nets need to improve

"We have to find our identity," Harden said.

"We're still a brand-new team, so we still have to find out what we're good at, what we're great at, what we can be great at, and it's gonna take a long season. But we're, what, 14, 15 games in? So tonight's game doesn't really affect us at all.

I don't think anybody knows themselves well. Maybe the Warriors, because they've been together for a long time." Curry dropped a game-high 37 points to lead the Warriors past the Nets. "Yeah, the way the crowd energizes when Steph starts rising up from 30 feet -- it's everywhere," Kerr said.

"It happened in Charlotte the other night. It happened tonight. So I think the fact that our team is good again and is playing well and has a good record adds to what Steph brings to the table every night, in terms of his skill and showmanship.

And so that stuff -- when you're winning and you get the incredible display of skill from Steph, people are going to watch. It's fun to be back in the spotlight again. Our team is really enjoying being back here."