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Brookly Nets enjoy good ‘vibe’ after trading deadline to break 11-game losing streak


NEW YORK — The sense of relief was palpable for the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night as they snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 109-85 win over the Sacramento Kings. As the victorious players returned to the dressing rooms, their cheers and excitement were felt and heard through the walls of Barclays Center.

“It was amazing,” Nets guard Bruce Brown said. “We were in Miami, we had a little team bonding event and then the vibe just changed. We can all smell it, feel it in the locker room and we know we’re going to be here so that was just good for us to be together, learn more about each other, and it was just a big win for us today.”

Brown, who scored 19 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, delivered 6 assists and played solid defense, received the ball after the win and noted there was a much happier “vibe” in the locker room over the last days.

“The locker room is just a good vibe right now,” Brown said. “I don’t know what it is, everything just changed after the trade deadline. Everybody loves everybody, so that’s just awesome.”

Last Thursday, the Nets traded frustrated All-Star James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two future first-round picks. Brown, who declined to provide further details on the team bonding event in Miami, was asked if the fact that everyone seems to be getting along better now means that wasn’t the case earlier in the day. the year, but he hesitated.

“Everybody loved everybody,” Brown said. “We’re just a little closer now.”

One of the reasons the Nets feel so good is that Curry and Drummond entered the starting lineup and made an immediate impact. Curry scored 23 points and helped space the floor for the rest of his teammates. After the end, he said his mind didn’t wonder what it would be like to play with Kevin Durant (MCL sprain), Kyrie Irving (unable to play in New York due to COVID-19 vaccination mandate) and Simons. (repackaging after being out of the NBA for over nine months) because he was confident it would work all the time.

“I already knew that,” Curry said. “I didn’t need to see what we did tonight to know what kind of style we’re going to play. We’ll have so many weapons there – offensively and defensively. It’s going to be a lot of fun to play. It’s been a while since I walked up and down the floor like this and played with this kind of rhythm, even in the half court.

Nets coach Steve Nash tried to put Curry at ease by performing some of the same sets he ran with the Sixers.

“We performed some of the actions he’s used to performing,” Nash said. “We also put him in a position to be himself. Not having to worry about a lot of things, so we want him to just play, be uninhibited, we believe in him as a player and we don’t want him to think as much as we want him to be aggressive and be himself and he was great tonight.”

Drummond, who scored 11 points, grabbed nine rebounds and provided four assists, remains optimistic about the Nets’ chances despite having struggled so much in recent weeks.

“We have a great group of guys,” Drummond said. “The guys that are missing right now, we have to wait until they are healthy, but once everyone is back, I think we will be very, very good and have a very good push in the playoffs. playoffs.”

After all the emotion of the past month, Nash was just happy his team was able to get back on track and remains confident that they’ll be back on track soon when they get back to their full roster.

“I think they deserved it,” Nash said. “They deserved a win after that streak. They played really tough teams, they got knocked down…they were of the highest character going through a streak like this and bringing it every day, they deserved it. “

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