Nets talk lessons learned on the hardwood from the Spurs

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, center, drives to the basket past Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The Brooklyn Nets did not have any answers to take down the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night, losing their 15th-straight in the Alamo City, 109-97.

Even though there may not be a such thing as a "good win," Brooklyn left San Antonio with lessons to take as their season rolls on.

After the game, Nets Head Coach Kenny Atkinson spoke on how much the Spurs taught his young squad.

“We will re-study this tape because we would love to do some of the things they do. We can definitely learn from their physicality and how they run you off their cuts, how they get into the ball during pick and roll defense, how they protect the rim. They’re an excellent defensive team,” Atkinson said.

Brooklyn fought their way from being down by 17 at one point. There is a lot of spunk and fight in this team, and one thing that is on their side is youth. Add the fact the Nets did not have Jeremy Lin and D'Angelo Russell, this young team fought until the second half until San Antonio secured the win.

Nets rookie Jarrett Allen scored 12 points and touched on how impressed he was about the Spurs.

“Every play you have to be ready, everybody on their team is ready to make a play, so you have to be ready to defend it,” Allen said.

The Nets would walk away with some bright spots despite the loss. They outrebounded San Antonio 45-43, including 12 offensive rebounds. Also they were a plus-5 in the assist department, 23-18.

What kept the Nets in the game was the production they got from their bench. Outscoring San Antonio’s 47-35.

The result may not have been what they were hoping for, but you can see that this team will fight to the very end. Taking games and learning from a team like San Antonio will and can help them turn a corner, setting them up for years to come.

“They never panic, we came back from their run, but they stayed poised and true to their system and they got the shots that they wanted,' said Nets' DeMarre Carroll, "It just shows you the kind of composure you have to have to be a winning team at a high level, and I feel that’s what they have.”

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