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Steve Nash wants more 3s, but says mid-range game makes defenses ‘cover the whole court’

Nets coach Steve Nash said that he wants his team to shoot even more threes than they are already attempting. But he also wants to balance jacking up treys against taking what the defense is giving.

Defenses are quick to close-out on the three because, well, it’s how the modern NBA offense works. The modern NBA offense, however, doesn’t usually include Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden on the floor together as teammates.

“I’d like us to shoot more threes, frankly, but we have some terrific mid-range shooters. I think there’s something to be said for having the freedom for those top players to take mid-range shots because I think it puts pressure on the defense in that they’re not just guarding the three-point line and the basket,” Nash said. “They have to guard all three levels. While I’d like us to shoot more threes, we’re efficient from three and we have guys that can really make it in the mid-range which makes them have to cover the whole court. I think there’s some benefits to it even if, analytically, it’s not as beneficial. I think when you look at the whole picture there’s some positives.”

Blake Griffin's balanced game helps Nets beat Suns on Sunday in Brooklyn.

BALANCED BLAKE

Blake Griffin played in 27 minutes against the Suns on Sunday. He scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out four assists and picked up five fouls with the physical brand of basketball he brought to the floor.

Griffin’s play helped turn the game in the Nets’ favor and earned the approval of his star teammate, Durant.

“His IQ is through the roof. He knows how to play the game of basketball on both sides of the floor and on all three levels on offense. In the paint, can knock down that floater in the mid-range and can make threes now,” Durant said. “We just need Blake to continue to be aggressive to score the basketball and make plays and tonight was one of those nights and he’s getting comfortable each and every game.”

LOOKING GOOD

The Nets did not play in their Jean Michel Basquiat-inspired City Edition jerseys on Sunday, but they have them in their back pocket whenever they choose. Durant is a big fan of Basquiat, both his story and his artwork, and said he’s struggled to get some of his art over the years.

“He was a very impactful artist and had a lot of fans throughout this day. I think it’s an honor for us to represent him and his family and where he comes from through our jerseys and on our court,” Durant said. “A lot of guys say they want to try a white [version of] the Basquiat jersey [next season] so it’s a part of who we are. Biggie, Bas, you’ve got Jay-Z, guys like that. Artists like that are really in our DNA as a team as an organization and as a city so it feels good to represent a guy like that.”

Source (Ny Daily news)

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