The Nets were dominated by the Magic on their home floor Monday night, and their veterans walked away disgusted with their effort.
"We put in a lot of work," Jarrett Jack said. "Too much work to come out with an effortless showing like that and be embarrassed."
The Nets trailed by only seven at the half, but were outscored by 16 in the third and fourth quarter combined. Orlando out-rebounded Brooklyn 43-39, and bested them in the paint 42-38.
"To come out like this," Jack continued. "I don't know if it's because [Orlando] is a team that name-wise you might not be familiar with. It may not be a team that you get up for, but you can obviously see that they're taking on their coach's personality in Scott Skiles and being a tough, gritty team that has been grinding out tough wins for the first quarter of the season."
"I definitely take responsibility for this," Brook Lopez said, who was 4-of-15 from the field. "I felt I was a complete negative for our team. I kind of let us down and held us back. I definitely need to be better, and I know I can be."
Just…wow. This was one of the worst games I've watched in the Brooklyn era of this club. The team had no fight, no purpose, and no direction. There's just no excuse for it. Since their 0-7 start to the season, the Nets really hadn't been that bad until last night. They were 7-9 since the winless start before being dominated by the Magic, and that's the kind of loss that just demoralizes you as a fan.
If I'm going to try and fool myself into thinking the Nets can string a bunch of wins in a row and get into playoff contention, you have to be able to beat Orlando on your home floor. Those kinds of wins are going to be huge for tiebreakers. But when they go out and put up zero fight, you just feel like they're treading water until they sink to the bottom with no hope in sight. This was a team-wide, absolutely brutal loss, one that's hard to even dignify with comment.