“Our relationship is much deeper than basketball. Most of the discussions we have, the topic isn’t even about basketball.
It’s about other stuff, life stuff,” Jack said Saturday after the Nets practiced in East Rutherford prepping for the 21-0 Golden State machine. “I look at Steph like a little brother, but he’s somebody that I look up to and try to be like in a lot of ways.
“What he said at his MVP speech, to take time out to acknowledge me during a moment where he deserved all of the acknowledgment, it was amazing. It was very, very humbling,” Jack said of Curry, who leads the Warriors into Brooklyn on Sunday. “I was really, really taken back.”
Jack obviously gathered himself for the first meeting this season between the two — he scored 28 points at Golden State on Nov. 14, when the Nets gave the Warriors fits before losing in overtime. Jack has had success before against Curry, including last season, when he hit the game-winning shot with 1.1 seconds left in Brooklyn on March 2. What’s up with the success against one of the game’s best?
“I have no clue, to be honest,” Jack said. “I just try to get to my spots on the floor. It’s not like I know what they’re going to do so I can do the exact opposite. It just pans out that I’m able to have pretty good games against them.”
When it rains, it pours molten lead department:
Ronde Hollis-Jefferson, one of the Nets’ better defenders, is questionable for Sunday against the beat-everybody-by-15-points Warriors. He sprained his right ankle at practice Saturday. Sergey Karasev sprained his left ankle against the Knicks on Friday and is doubtful. Andrea Bargnani (strained hamstring) remains out.
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is expected to attend at least one game this week and could be at Barclays Center on Sunday.
The Nets once led by 17 against the Warriors back in November and after blowing the lead had a chance to win, but Brook Lopez missed a near gimme at the end of regulation. He was asked if he ever thought that had he made that shot, the Warriors would not have rewritten the history books with the NBA’s best-ever start.
“Maybe once,” Lopez said with his best deadpan.
So the Nets practiced the day after an atrocious night before when they were clocked in the Garden by the Knicks. What was the emphasis?
“Do some stuff that didn’t go so well last night. Work on transition defense, communicating, playing with pace, moving the ball on offense,” coach Lionel Hollins said, naming just about everything.
Source: Fred Keber/New York Post