The Least You Should Know
[sny-box]The Nets may have had their ugliest half of the season, as they managed just 34 points on 13-of-39 (33%) shooting before halftime, including 1-of-12 from deep.
The 34 points were the fewest Brooklyn has scored in any half this season.
Down by 24 at halftime, it didn't get any better in the third. After the lead grew to 29 points midway through the third period, Jason Kidd wisely threw in the towel.
Marcus Thornton scored nine points on 4-of-11 shooting in his Nets debut.
Portland got a monster performance from their bench, as their reserves combined to score 68 points, and seven Trail Blazers scored in double figures.
That first half was uggggllllyyy, and it didn't get much better afterwards. Brooklyn didn't even reach the 40-point mark until the 8:04 mark in the third quarter, and they were stuck at 40 for another two full minutes. A pretty stark contrast to how the Nets scored 40 points in the first quarter against Portland in their previous meeting, which was also a loss. At least the season series is over.
This was just one of those "burn the game tape" games that was just a total disaster from the get-go. Seemingly nothing could go right, even against an injury-depleted Blazers squad. The biggest silver lining was that they got to rest their starters early.
The Nets hadn't put up a stinker like this in awhile. The 44-point loss was actually tied for the third-worst margin of defeat in franchise history. Hopefully, like Marcus Thornton and the lobster mac and cheese, they've gotten it all out of their system.
The Nets will look to rebound on Thursday night, when they head to Denver to face the Nuggets in the second game of a back-to-back. Tip off will be at 10:30 pm ET.