Being forced to play overtime can be a nuisance every team has to cope with from time to time, but for the Brooklyn Nets this week, going five extra minutes has become a highly unfortunate theme.
After playing three consecutive overtime games, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that coach Jason Kidd should be concerned of the effect all the extra time can have on his team over the next few games.
Off days this past Tuesday and Thursday or not, the bottom line is these overtimes have caused Brooklyn to participate in 15 extra minutes of basketball in just a four-day span. Remember that one quarter of an NBA game is 12 minutes. Basic math tells us that the Nets have competed the equivalent of an extra 1.25 quarters during this stretch.
All that added physical exertion isn’t something that can simply be disregarded. The fact that it also brought about extra doses of game-deciding stress in such a short period of time can’t be overlooked either.
Kidd’s best way to combat the mental and physical fatigue his team has recently undergone would be preaching the importance of getting out to a quick start to his players. If they can build a comfortable lead early on in their upcoming games, there should be fewer chances of being faced with the rigorous task of high intensity basketball late in contests.
Another solution could be a monster night where a Joe Johnson, Deron Williams or Paul Pierce puts the team on their back and wills them to victory.
Whatever the case, a break from those frantic final minutes is certainly what this team needs right now. The weight each game holds at this point in the season has increased significantly.