Nets finish in ugly fashion during loss to Trail Blazers

The Brooklyn Nets were embarrassed by the Trail Blazers on Monday night. AP Photo.

The Brooklyn Nets were embarrassed by the Trail Blazers on Monday night. AP Photo.

The Brooklyn Nets’ first quarter couldn’t have gone much better as Kevin Garnett shook off his season-long funk to lead them with 12 points during a 40 point quarter, but as good as things started out they couldn’t have ended much worse as they lost at home to the Portland Trail Blazers 108-98 on Monday night.

The Nets dominated early as they shot 73.7 percent in the first quarter and got 12 points from Garnett and 10 from Shaun Livingston and took a 40-31 lead into the second quarter and a 63-56 lead into the half. Things turned ugly in the third quarter though as they shot just 3-of-18 from the floor and were outscored by LaMarcus Aldridge and the Blazers 27-12.

Livingston was the only Net that kept his intensity up from the first half as KG 1-for-9 stretch in the second and third quarters and no Nets scored more than two points in the third. Even Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson had a terrible third as they each shot 0-for-3 from the floor, had zero points, and just one rebound. So far this season, the way the third quarter goes is the way the game goes as they are now 0-7 when they are outscored in the third frame.

The Nets still had a chance to comeback in the fourth as they were only down 83-75 headed into the final frame, but things didn’t get better for them. It was almost like they wore themselves out playing such a high energy game early on and for the oldest team in the NBA that should be a real concern.

They finished the game shooting just 35 percent from the floor, 25 percent from behind the arc, were out rebounded 45-37, had just 11 assists and were dominated in the paint by a team that entered the game last in points-in-the-paint defense (missing Brook Lopez much?). They played a sloppy game with no energy after the first quarter which, unfortunately, has been the calling card of the 2013-14 Nets so far.