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Nets’ Seth Curry on coach Jacque Vaughn: ‘It’s just mentality, guys rallying’

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Nets' Seth Curry on coach Jacque Vaughn: 'It's just mentality, guys rallying'
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The Brooklyn Nets fired coach Steve Nash earlier this month and promoted assistant Jacque Vaughn to the head coach position, and one notable star who has already noticed positive change is Seth Curry.

“It’s been great from Day 1 he got the interim job,” Curry said on Wednesday night, following the Nets’ 112-85 win over the New York Knicks. Vaughn earned his first win as head coach. Under Nash, the Nets began the season 2-5.

According to a few NBA betting sites, the Nets possess the sixth-best odds to win the championship in 2023. Some sportsbooks are showing the Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers with better odds in the Eastern Conference.

“I didn’t know what would happen, but he came in and was honest with us and just saying, ‘I’m going to work hard every day. Every day they ask me to be the interim head coach, I’m going to come in, I’m going to coach you guys as good as I can,'” continued Seth Curry.

“That kind of mindset riled the team, that’s kind of the mindset we took on every day. [He’s] doing a couple of things scheme-wise. But honestly, it’s just mentality, guys rallying together, bringing more of a competitive mindset as a group.”

Nets guard Seth Curry says coach Jacque Vaughn is showing a different mentality, focusing on rallying players together to win

On Wednesday, Curry scored a season-high 23 points in 24 minutes against the Knicks. He finished 7-of-13 (53.8%) shooting from the field and 6-of-11 (54.5%) from downtown.

Through four games this season, the nine-year veteran is averaging 6.8 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists. Plus, he he’s shooting 32% from the floor and 36.8% from 3-point range.

Of course, this was Brooklyn’s eighth consecutive win over the Knicks. This victory matches their second-longest winning streak against New York in franchise history. From 1984–86, the Nets won 11 straight games against them.

As the new leader of the team, Vaughn discussed his strategy moving forward. “So, if we can focus on defensive rebounding, we can take a big jump on the defensive end,” Vaughn said.


“We’ve already taken a big jump last four games, teams under 100 points, which has been great. So definitely concerted effort.”

Furthermore, the Nets play the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. Brooklyn is a 1.5-point underdog on the road at Arena.

James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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