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NBA: Nets 'facing reality' but not in panic mode

Kyrie Irving says Brooklyn Nets need to find a way to get back to winning ways after losing a seventh straight game at Utah Jazz on Friday but they are not ready to "push the panic button" just yet.

Brooklyn sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a 29-23 overall record after Friday's loss and they are 10/3 to win the NBA Championship outright.

Tough campaign

The Nets were heavily fancied to go all the way at the start of the campaign but their season has been disrupted by absences and injuries.

Irving missed the first half of the season as he is unable to play in home games, while Kevin Durant and James Harden have both missed chunks of games through injury.

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Irving was the only member of Brooklyn's big three who featured in the 124-102 loss at Utah.

The Nets have now lost their last seven games and the guard admits his team are struggling, but he still feels they can have a successful season if they can find a way to gel in the weeks ahead.

No need to panic

"It's really just where we are, facing reality, that we're not winning ballgames right now," Irving said after the defeat in Salt Lake City, via abc News. "And we got to kind of get out of that hole with just one win and then start a new streak from that point.

"But no time to feel like our season is in doomsday or we need to push the panic button at all points, but we have to face reality that a lot of guys, a lot of my teammates, we're still getting to know one another, how we play, what's our spots, offensive and defensive tendencies.

"And then communication. Knowing that we can get on guys and guys love to be coached. And it's not just from the head coach or the assistants but really just from us as teammates. Trusting that we have the experience to win basketball games."

The Nets are next in action on Sunday when they head to Denver Nuggets in a game that will be available on the Sports Live Streaming hub.

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