The Least You Should Know:
[sny-box]The Bulls used a 12-0 run to outscore the Nets 36-20 in the third quarter to pull away for good.
Six Chicago players (Carlos Boozer, Mike Dunleavy, Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, and D.J. Augustin) scored in double digits.
Deron Williams led Brooklyn in scoring with 18 points (6-of-10 shooting) to go along with four assists.
The Nets were once again out-rebounded, this time by a margin of 45-39.
Only Alan Anderson (+4), Kevin Garnett (+1), Mason Plumlee (+4), Tyshawn Taylor (+3), and Toko Shengelia (+3) played to a positive rating.[/sny-box]
Maybe it's just time to say that this team is terrible? In front of a national audience, the Nets got spanked by a Chicago team that is also missing a superstar. There really is no where to turn as far as excuses go. The Nets, once again, got outplayed in the third quarter, got outworked on the glass, and got dominated in the paint. Same stuff, different day.
Today wasn't the best day for Jason Kidd to give a national interview. Kidd told Chris Broussard between the third and the fourth quarters that he'd leave in his reserves so that Brooklyn could get back in the game. I'm sorry...WHAT?! Does that make sense on any level. This is a microcosm of how Kidd's experience can work against the Nets, both on and off the court. The Nets failed to make adjustments, and Kidd decided that he'd compound that mistake by saying the Nets should stay the course for the whole world to see. Yikes.
The one thing the Nets were doing right in the first month of the season was not turning the ball over. Not anymore. Seventeen turnovers today en route to 20 Chicago points. If this team is not going to hit their shots, rebound, or play defense, they could at least take care of the ball. Sigh.
Anyway, Merry Christmas, everyone! Hope you enjoyed a sleeved jersey day of basketball, but more importantly, that you all have a wonderful holiday.
The Nets will be back in action Friday night when they'll play host to the Milwaukee Bucks. Game time is 7:30 PM.