When a defense slips significantly coaches frequently refer to it as "slippage".
Lately, the Brooklyn Nets have used the term frequently when discussing their many defensive ailments.
Practice time has been limited but the Nets will have had two days to see if drills carry over into a game setting Wednesday night when they host the Boston Celtics and attempt to end an ugly four-game losing streak.
"We're plugging holes right now defensively, leaking in different places,'" coach Kenny Atkinson said. "We're going to have to regroup, get some practice time, get some film time, get our principles back. I keep talking about slippage. We've slipped."
Brooklyn is allowing 113.3 points per game overall but in this skid, the Nets have allowed 126.2 points per game and no fewer than 27 points in the 12 quarters. Besides the points, the Nets allowed opponents to shoot at least 50 percent in three of those games and are among the worst defensive teams in shooting percentage and other areas.
"It's been consistent for the past four games. It's just different teams, but we've been the same," center Brook Lopez said. "A lot of it's the same. It's not any one person, glaringly obvious. It's just team-wide, whatever it is. I don't think you can fault our effort or energy. ... It's a team-wide situation we need to figure out." << Read more...
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