The Brooklyn Nets not only played the worst game of their season, but their 124-80 loss to the Trail Blazers in Portland was their third largest margin of defeat in the organization’s history as they played with no effort on either end of the court in a truly pathetic display of basketball.
“We lose like this, it’s just a complete lack of focus,” Paul Pierce said. “No way should we lose by 40 with the guys we’ve got. We could have played against the Eastern Conference All-Stars, we shouldn’t lose by 40. We just didn’t show up tonight.”
“It’s too late in the god damn season to be playing like this,” Kevin Garnett added. “We have to be better, and hold each other accountable.”
The Nets shot just 39.5 percent as a team, 18.2 percent behind the arc, they allowed the Blazers to shot 53.5 percent, and were out-rebounded 53-29 including 13 offensive boards. Their leading scorers were Deron Williams, who was limited to just 12 points and three assists, and Joe Johnson, who was held to 11 points, and Mason Plumlee, who pitched in with 10.
Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers were all on fire playing in the second game of a back-to-back. Mo Williams led with 21 points, seven assists and six boards; Nicolas Batum had 19 points, six rebounds and six assists; and Will Barton came off the bench and scored 20 points with 11 boards.
The Nets actually had a 16-15 lead midway through the first quarter, but that quickly disappeared as they trailed by nine after the first and were blown out 29-14 in the second quarter.
By the third quarter this game was over and Jason Kidd elected to sit his starters and went with a group of Alan Anderson, Mirza Teletovic, Marcus Thornton, Mason Plumlee and Marquis Teague. They quickly pulled off a 10-2 run as they seemingly stopped the bleeding. However, things got ugly in the fourth quarter where they allowed 42 points on 72.7 percent shooting by the Blazers.
The scary thing is that the Nets had two days off before this game and typically play well on the front end of a back-to-back. Now they have to go into Denver on Thursday night and try to bounce back. It’s not going to be easy. They’re now 2-3 on this circus road trip and have two more games left before heading back to the Barclays Center.