Another Third Quarter Meltdown Dooms the Nets

By Lenn Robbins | @lennrobbins
Brooklyn Nets

Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE

(December 3, 2013)
Nets coach Jason Kidd knew exactly what his team was getting into Tuesday night in Barclays Center.

The Nets were facing another Western Conference team with a high-octane offense that was going to test the Nets’ lack of depth and lack of team speed.

Yes, the Nets knew what was coming. And they still couldn’t stop Denver.

The Nuggets, playing a blistering pace, burned the Nets 111-87. Once again the Nets bottomed out in the third quarter, getting outscored 31-15.

“Guys are starting to look like they let go of the rope,’’ said Kidd. “That’s something we’ve got to address.’’

Before the game Kidd announced that Lawrence Frank was reassigned to other coaching duties.

“I’m sure management will do what they think is best for this team and this organization,’’ said forward Kevin Garnett. “And every guy has to understand that.’’

The loss drops the Nets to 5-13 on the season and 2-5 at home. Once again the Nets were without Paul Pierce (broken hand), Andrei Kirilenko (back), Jason Terry (knee) and Deron Williams (ankle).

“We got to start protecting home,’’ Kidd said earlier in the day. “We gotta start getting some wins at home.’’

Joe Johnson led the Nets with 22 points. The Nuggets put six players in double figures.

The Nets host the Knicks Thursday night in the first matchup of the two metropolitan area teams. The Knicks (3-13) also are struggling, having lost nine straight but Garnett said all of the Nets efforts must go to turning around the awful start.

“At this point we’re trying to figure out who we are and fix this,’’ said Garnett. “We’re at home getting beat by 30, 40 points. That’s not we want. That’s not even close to what we predicted where we want to be.’’

“There’s a lot of things going on here, but no excuses. This is a non-excuse league. People don’t care about that. They care about performance.’’

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