‘I feel we have our identity’ – Nets form bonds in a quiet group:

The Nets had agreed that it was their best game of the season Wednesday night at TD Garden, where they blew the Celtics out in front of a sold-out crowd at 19,156. Although Boston delivered a late punch in the third quarter, Brooklyn ran off with it in the final period for the second wire-to-wire blowout of their young season.

“Yes certainly,” James Harden said of whether the win was their most complete match of the young season. “So far, yes. It has only been 20 games or something, but yes. And we can continue to build on that. We just have to keep getting better. Keep growing, find things that work, find things that do not work at both ends and keep pushing. ”

The victory on Thanksgiving night extended the Nets’ winning streak to four games and their 12th victory in their last 14 competitions. Although Brooklyn (14-5) is now 3-5 against teams over .500, but is still at the top and has a two-game lead in the Eastern Conference standings, an identity is forming in their group.

“I feel like we have our identity,” Durant said. “We know what type of team we want to be and we know the formula for us to play well.”

“I think our team is on its way to finding an identity, and tonight was a step in that direction,” Nash said. “For us, it is about building and growing. We want to win matches, but we also want to grow, we want to improve and try to find an identity. ”

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No secret, Brooklyn plays the long game, creating collective chemistry and continuity between each other and through different lineups in hopes of presenting a well-tuned end product before the off-season. As winning follows the Nets strategy, communication within the list also develops slowly.

“One of the quietest teams I’ve ever been around, but they’re starting to get a little out of their shell,” said Steve Nash, who played 18 years in the NBA. “Tonight was a little more talkative, and the spirit is growing, but we are not a loud group. The spirit grows and the guys start to find each other and find that understanding of each other and the joy of playing together. As coaches, we want them to have fun out there, compete and play for each other. It was also on display tonight. “

“One thing it does know is that we have a professional team,” Harden said when asked if the Nets are a quiet team. “They come in and they work. We try to make the game plan and we got it in, but we’re just trying to get a little more personality out of them. Trying to get a little more communication out of them; even off the field. It “I think it’s a long way off. It’s still early, but I feel like I’m talking too much sometimes. We have a good group. That’s all I can say.”

With 19 games in the record books, Brooklyn is trying to overcome the loss of Kyrie Irving by committee. Despite Blake Griffin’s shootouts – who did not play in Wednesday’s win over the Celtics and shoot 16.1 percent from 3-point range this season – and major injuries to Joe Harris (left ankle sprain), Bruce Brown (tight left hind thigh)) and Nic Claxton (non-Covid-related illness), Brooklyn has adopted their next-man-up mantra. There is, players and coach agree, also a growing “joy” in the group.

“It feels really good, honestly. There’s joy. There’s excitement, and people feel good and have the confidence to go out there and do their job and know what to do night in and night out,” Harden noted. “Obviously missing Bruce [Brown], Joe [Harris]and Clax [Claxton] has been hard but the guys are going up. James [Johnson] have been in there. Sap [Paul Millsap] have been in there. Cam [Thomas] has played really well in the last couple of games, so it will definitely require a collective effort, but we are in a good place right now. ”

How well will be settled a stretch of matches beginning with the Red-hot Suns on Saturday followed by a week-long matches against arch-rival Knicks, the rising Timberwolves and second-placed Bulls.

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