Steve Nash thinks Eastern Conference is as deep as ever

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The two best records in the NBA belong to Western Conference powers Golden State and Phoenix, but Steve Nash believes the former is as deep as it has been over the years.

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Ten teams in the conference began play on Sunday with a record above .500, with the Nets’ lead over Chicago taking the Bulls to half a game after Saturday’s home loss.

“The simple answer is that it’s as strong as the former has been in a long time,” Nash said on Saturday. “There’s no ‘Gimmes’, so to speak. The West is great and has some great teams at the top, but the East is deep. Every night, it feels like a fight. I think it’s the balance of the league.” And it’s good to have this kind of depth and likeness.


“It seems that since the ’90s, we haven’t seen that, but it’s been exciting to see such a competitive Eastern Conference until now.”

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The Nets (16-7) will play their next two games in Dallas (Tuesday) and Houston on back-to-back nights to open a four-game road trip. Brooklyn would then face five consecutive Eastern Conference foes: Atlanta, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia and Orlando.

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Veteran forward Paul Milsap said James Harden didn’t need to take the blame for the Bulls’ loss after shooting him 5-for-21 on Saturday night.

“He can’t blame himself. It’s a team effort, man. No matter what happens during the game, down the stretch, who misses an assignment, who misses a shot,” Milsap Said, who scored a season-high 13 points. “At the end of the day it’s a team sport. We can all take credit for it and we can all be better.

“We all missed a few shots around the basket that we normally do [make], it’s unfortunate. He had one of those days, but we have to continue to build each other up and help him in those parts and hopefully vice versa. ,

With 28 points on Saturday night, Kevin Durant surpassed Ray Allen on the all-time scoring list with 24,512. Next on the list is Knicks legend Patrick Ewing at 24,815.


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