Nets look abysmal in loss to league-worst Pistons
The Webs’ expensive practice of playing down to the lesser groups in the NBA saw them humbled by the worst team in the league Tuesday.
Brooklyn fell 122-111 to the last-place Pistons at Little Caesars Arena, their season-worst third loss in a row.
Kyrie Irving– back from his one-game lack and playing with tape on his hurt right index finger– had 27 points and 7 assists. However he was noticeably messing with his finger, and finished simply 12 of 28 total and 2 of 9 from deep. James Harden added 24 points and 12 assists, however devoted 7 turnovers.
The Internet (14-12) defense got shredded, players considering the basketball and losing their men. It’s a concern that has been cropping its head all season.
Brooklyn went into Tuesday 7-1 versus groups.500 or above, by far finest in the league. The one loss came Saturday in Philadelphia, playing without Irving and Kevin Durant. But versus losing groups the Webs are 7-11.
” The bottom line is inspiration and desire,” Nash stated. “We seem to be more encouraged versus the much better teams. We appear to have fun with more energy and a sense of desperation. We know we can’t cut corners. Against teams that we take a little lightly we’re willing to cut a corner or two, or take a possession off, or a possession in the first quarter, second quarter does not mean as much as one in the 3rd or fourth.
” So, that’s a really simple way of putting it. There’s a great deal of details and reasons behind that, and part of it is the schedule, part of it is no fans; you could include a million things to the pot. However ultimately, I think we’re a much better defensive group when we’re desperate, and that seems to be coupled with the team we’re betting.”
If one searched in the dictionary for the definition of a trap video game, the Pistons (6-18) would have been the definition.
Still, facing a Detroit team that entered the video game dead last in field-goal portion, the Internet permitted the Pistons to shoot a season-high 55.4 percent. Jerami Grant had a game-high 32 points and Delon Wright included 22.
Joe Harris opened the evening with a 3-pointer, and the Internet immediately surrendered 13 unanswered points. They fell behind by double-digits on Grant’s cutting dunk with 8:47 left in the first quarter.
It was common for the remainder of the opening half.
Brooklyn ended up the first quarter down 38-26, the most first-quarter points Detroit had summoned all season, and the Webs made it all too simple for them.
The Webs were in abysmal defensive disarray. Irving regularly got targeted on switches, and Brooklyn’s protectors struggled to keep their guys in front of them, letting Detroit motorists get deep and pull their defense apart.
Brooklyn enabled an 8-0 run, falling back 49-29 on Isaiah Stewart’s 3-pointer with 9:14 remaining in the half.
No gamer was more culpable than DeAndre Jordan, who got beaten a number of times. Harden had multiple animated talks with him, initially as they rested on the standard throughout a timeout, and then as they prepared to take the court.
Then Nash had a long two-minute talk with Jordan after changing him with Norvel Pelle, and once again in what appeared to be a pep talk late in the second quarter.
Brooklyn did rally prior to the break, with Jeff Green’s driving dunk off an Irving feed sending the Webs into the locker room down just 63-54.
Nash changed things up coming out of intermission, replacing Green with Bruce Brown in a three-guard lineup. The latter’s energy and defense appeared to help, and– with the Nets down by 11– he had a rebound and 2 steals in a 7-0 go to pull Brooklyn within 74-70.
Irving’s 3-pointer cut the deficit to 79-77 with 5 minutes left in the third, however the Nets got no better. And from the point Landry Shamet attempted to challenge Mason Plumlee and got summarily rejected early in the fourth, the Internet conceded a 7-0 go to see the lead bloat back up to a lots.
A 3-pointer by Saddiq Bey– whom the Webs in fact drafted and shipped to Detroit in the three-team deal that revived Brown and Shamet– left Brooklyn down 101-89 with 8:54 to play. They had nothing delegated rally with.