The Brooklyn Nets are looking like a schizophrenic team this season as they keep jumping back and forth between a strong effort and a weak one. Friday night was a weak performance as they have dropped to 0-3 on the road after a 108-104 overtime loss to the Wizards in Washington.
“We definitely have got to stay together,” Jason Kidd said. “Again, we got off to a slow start in the third quarter. The bench stepped up big for us tonight and we had our opportunity, but again we didn’t finish on the road.
“The process is going to take some time and this is part of the game. You are going to win some close ones and going to lose some.”
This was a game of runs as the Nets had a 14-point lead early in the game, lost that lead, got it back, and then eventually went down by nine points in the third quarter. They got that lead back and tied it at 73-73 going into the fourth, but that was the start of them looking really bad.
Brook Lopez, who had 18 points in the first half and looked just as dominant as he did against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, was limited to just five points in the second half and did absolutely nothing in overtime. Andray Blatche was another player that had a strong first half, he finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds, but finished terribly. In the final minutes of overtime he had a sad turnover on a player where he was being too cute and missed back-to-back free throws in the final seconds.
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce both played poorly as well. Pierce was at least sick and contributed in other ways besides scoring. He finished with four points, eight rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. Garnett started out 0-for-7 shooting and finished with just four points and six rebounds. Deron Williams also looked bad, but that was probably mostly because of his ankle injury which was clearly bothering him all game.
Both teams shot 46.6 percent, but the Nets did a poor job guarding the perimeter as the Wizards shot 41.7 percent behind the arc. That was the difference early on as Al Harrington had 15 points and was 4-of-6 behind the arc. Bradley Beal, who finished with 29 points, was 3-of-6 behind the arc.
“I hope we get together sooner than later,” Blatche said after the game. “Even though it’s early in the season, we’re not in sync yet. We have a lot of smart guys on the team where we should be able to figure it out.”