One other defenseless night time for the Nets — with all the things that suggests.
Brooklyn didn’t guard the ball, didn’t cease the Nuggets and, in the long run, didn’t stand an opportunity. They obtained hammered 124-111 earlier than 14,854 at Barclays Middle, and lopsided because it was, that rating flattered them.
It wasn’t even that shut. The Nets suffered their second straight blowout defeat since knocking off Cleveland, trailing by as a lot as 26 and dropping their good house report.
The Nets allowed 50 % capturing, pressured a measly six turnovers and put up little defensive resistance in falling to three-four. They gave up a recreation-excessive 26 factors to Jamal Murray and 21 factors and 14 rebounds to Nikola Jokic.
Coach Kenny Atkinson has to get them enjoying with the identical cohesion they did towards the Cavaliers. But when the Nets thought their points have been restricted to the street — they have been zero-three away from residence however entered an encouraging three-zero at Barclays Middle — they obtained a impolite awakening Sunday from the excessive-scoring Nuggets.
“We have been all on the identical web page — coaches, gamers, administration,” Atkinson stated of the Nets wanting within the mirror. “I feel it was, first off, dealing with success, an enormous win. Second of all, having a greater street mentality, with the ability to get our stuff collectively on the street. These are two issues we addressed, we talked about.
“We don’t disguise from it. We all know we’ve obtained to get higher there. We’ve acquired to determine as coaches the way to assist them in these conditions, as a result of our power degree, this wasn’t on the degree it wanted to be. We’d like it at residence to, towards an excellent Denver staff.”
Denver reminded them simply how good. The Nets made the Nuggets appear to be a properly-oiled machine and barely slowed them down. They pressured simply six turnovers towards a Denver staff that dedicated 23 towards Washington final week.
Brooklyn truly led by 14 within the first half, however psychological errors on protection had them trailing sixty nine-sixty seven early within the third quarter after an Allen Crabbe pull-up jumper. At that time, they thought the sport was up for grabs. Seems they fumbled it away proper there.
The Nets allowed a 25-2 run over a six-minute span. Will Barton’s three-pointer put them in a ninety four-sixty nine gap, and regardless that the clock learn three:19 left within the third quarter, the sport was lengthy over.
Denver stretched the result in one hundred-seventy four on a jumper by Jokic.
Spencer Dinwiddie had a workforce-excessive 22 factors off the bench, whereas Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 18.
D’Angelo Russell had 12 factors and eight assists however…