Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson is trying to find the right lineups to get his team wins without … [+] his three best players. AP Photo/Kathy Willens
The Brooklyn Nets are currently trying to solve a math problem.
After signing Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Caris LeVert to $357 million worth in contracts during the offseason, Brooklyn is struggling to add up enough scoring and defense to multiply its win total.
After a 2-3 Western road trip and an embarrassing home loss to Indiana, the Nets finally got enough defensive stops and knocked off the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday 101-91 to improve to a middling 6-8. Was it pretty? Hardly, but Brooklyn will take any win it can get as Irving recovers from a shoulder injury that could keep him out of the lineup for his long-awaited return to Boston next week.
“We’re still trying to build that consistency and be more consistent over long periods,” Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said before Wednesday’s game.
Spencer Dinwiddie’s been the main supplier of that offensive consistency, and posted 20 points and eight assists against Charlotte. But it was Taurean Prince’s 20 and eight rebounds and Jarrett Allen’s 22 with 17 boards (both season highs) that provided the offense Brooklyn desperately needed.
“I definitely have to be more consistent,” said Prince, who’s shooting 39.4% from three but a lackluster 42.2% on twos. “I’ve been up and down, and that’s just not myself.”
Spencer Dinwiddie had some much-needed offensive help on Wednesday. Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty … [+] Images