The Least You Should Know:
[sny-box]Brooklyn was outscored 67-44 in the first half, including surrendering 37 points in the second quarter.
The Nets shot an abysmal 36% (32-for-89) from the field.
Detroit outscored the Nets 52-38 in the paint and out-rebounded Brooklyn 55-39.
Jason Terry drained six three pointers to account for all 18 of his points off the bench.[/sny-box]
What an absolutely brutal effort. Sure, this was a back-to-back and Kevin Garnett was out, but that's not really an excuse. The Palace was practically empty, not exactly the most imposing setting, and the Nets came out flat. It was truly embarrassing. So much so that Jason Kidd waved the white flag midway through the third. Three losses to the Pistons this season and two of them haven't even been close. That's a nightmare.
I thought the Nets might struggle on the inside, and that's exactly what happened. Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, Josh Smith combined for 51 points and 36 boards, including a career-high 21 rebounds from Drummond. Frankly, Detroit could do whatever they wanted on the interior.
If Paul Pierce didn't like the bench's effort on Monday night, I wonder what he thinks of the starters' effort tonight? Outside of Mirza Teletovic, every reserve played to a positive rating, while the starters were handed their lunch. Deron Williams was a -22 in his 25 minutes. Really inexcusable in a game the Nets really needed.
Brooklyn is back in action on Sunday, as they host the New Orleans Pelicans at the Barclays Center. Tip is set for 6:00PM.