BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Somewhat unprompted, Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd opened his press conference talking about the Knicks woes from outside, establishing to reporters that the team had a gameplan to beat the New York Knicks in the cross-bridge battle. Indeed, the Nets had a clear directive, one that they didn't shy from in the postgame. They wanted the Knicks, who entered the game shooting just 32 percent from three-point range (third-worst in the league), to beat them from outside.
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Blame this #Nets loss on Lawrence Franks daily report lol
— Santagold (@mrsantagold) December 6, 2013
Jason kidd out there just playing Hangman on the whiteboard during timeouts... #Nets
— SomeGuyKnownAsT.Free (@DontFollowTFREE) December 6, 2013
I think Jason Kidd would look less ridiculous wearing a blonde wig, a dress and high heels than as a head coach . . . #Nets
— Heat⚡peare (@Heatspeare) December 6, 2013
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Following an embarrassing 113-83 loss at the hands of their cross-town rival New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson admitted that the team has lacked a discernible offensive identity in their first 19 games.
"Offensively, we don't really have an identity," Johnson said. "We throw it down to Brook pretty much, and when there's nothing there, we put him in a lot of tough positions. We just basically sit and watch. So we make his job a lot harder than it should be. Without us doing a lot of movement and cutting, we make everybody's job hard."
Observers both casual and intensive alike have noticed the Nets struggle with off-ball movement this season, often standing around while the ballhandler tries to create a play for himself. Johnson cited the Nets dropping the ball down to Lopez, but they've traded possessions with a few players this season. Still, Nets players are rarely so forthcoming about the team's schematic issues as Johnson was following the team's blowout loss.
The team becomes particularly stagnant in the third quarter, when the Nets have been outscored by a league-worst 5.4 points per third. They also have the league's fewest third-quarter assists and have forced the fewest third-quarter turnovers. "Maybe early we'll have the movement, but second half, we don't have that movement," Johnson added. "We just don't have any chemistry at this point."
Johnson finished with 13 points, shooting 4-15 from the field and committing two turnovers. The loss dropped the Nets, who entered the season with hopes of winning a championship, to 5-14 on the season. Despite the rough start, Johnson still has hope.
"At the end of the day, it's basketball," Johnson continued. "It's not that hard. I think we're making it a lot more complicated than what it really is. It's on us as players to come out and play and work hard on what we're doing because regardless if we're getting beat by teams that are better than us, I'm sure they're not 25, 30 points better than us in our own building. So that's on us as players."
The team knows it needs to improve. Any other reasons?
"The East(ern Conference) is pretty bad," he added. "So our chances are still high."
Made his first shot that wasn't a dunk or a layup, so, that's something, I guess.
I appreciate how he almost always plays in control but there's only so much a middling point guard on limited minutes can do. Thought he needed to do a better job setting up his teammates on offense.
Struggled in the first quarter (one sweet dunk notwithstanding), and even got burned by Andrea Bargnani -- Andrea Bargnani, of all people. Look away if your eyes burn.
Garnett and Bargnani further feuded, including a double-technical after a scuffle in the fourth quarter. Bargnani later hit a jumper in his face, then trash-talked him so relentlessly that Bargnani was tossed from the game. Whatever aura we thought KG had prior to this season is dead and gone.
Can space the floor, and occasionally takes smart shots, but he's not Paul Pierce and not even close.
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Was close to respectability, at least closer than anyone else, and still didn't come within miles of it. Played intelligent offense, even if nobody could set him up. Didn't call for enough possessions. The real question: with the team down 30+ in the fourth quarter, why did Kidd elect to keep him in at all?
Bad Blatche. Looked awful in the paint and outside of one decent blocked shot (that was called a foul), didn't many any discernible impact inside.
Do you fault Tyshawn Taylor for being in this position? He stumbled backwards into the starting spot after Deron Williams sprained his ankle (again) and Shaun Livingston showed he can't play effectively for more than 25 minutes. But he's not a starting-caliber point guard. He's great in the D-League and would be great if he wasn't relied on to lead an offense. But tonight's game reinforced one fact: the Nets desperately miss Williams as their floor leader, and they're going anywhere until -- and if -- Williams is 100%.
Hit a 3 and goaded Carmelo Anthony into some bad shots, but quiet otherwise.
The Brooklyn Nets made their much-anticipated move from the swamps of New Jersey to the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic last fall, and an instant NYC basketball rivalry with the Knicks was born. Both teams were also playoff-bound and relevant at the same time in the NBA for the first time since… well, ever, which added a little credibility and gravitas to the fledgling inter-city rivalry.
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On Thursday, the 3-13, ultra-disappointing New York Knicks will come to Brooklyn to battle 5-13, ultra-disappointing Brooklyn Nets in the first of four battle of the
bads boroughs set for this season. How does the outcome impact each of these two downtrodden franchises exactly?
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