Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Nets, Garnett Still Trying to Find Chemistry

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Nets, Garnett Still Trying to Find Chemistry

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EAST RUTHERFORD -- For 18 seasons Kevin Garnett has been known for, perhaps more than anything, his unmatched intensity.

In practice he pounds the floor and constantly shouts. Before games his routine is to bang his head on the stanchion holding up the basket.

Yet on Sunday night, after the Nets fell at the hands of the rebuilding Magic, Garnett told reporters he was being "passive."

"I need to be a little more aggressive at times," he said.

The Nets have one of the most talented and deep rosters in the NBA. But Garnett's words, and their 1-2 record, go a long way toward illustrating just how much work the group has to do in order to build cohesiveness.

The Nets have seven new players: Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko, Shaun Livingston, Alan Anderson and Mason Plumlee. Take the starting lineup for an example: Garnett and Pierce have chemistry from their seasons together in Boston; Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez learned each other's ways last year. But putting that all together has not been smooth.

"We're still figuring it out," Johnson said. "That's why I think we have so many turnovers because you have guys trying to be too unselfish and turning to turnovers and we just have to find that happy medium. We're out there thinking too much a lot of times which causes turnovers and mistakes. We just need to come out and just play."

The Nets are averaging 15.3 turnovers per game, which is middle- of-the-pack in the league. But more than turnovers, the problem has been generating high-quality shots. The Nets are shooting 41.8 percent from the field, which puts them in the bottom third.

"They haven't spent enough time together," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "They have to work through this. It's a process for guys to understand where shots are coming from, understanding when it's time to go. …

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