In a stretch of 12 minutes, the Brooklyn Nets rendered the other 36 irrelevant.
After a solid first half, one of the team's best in many games, the Nets took all of twelve minutes to turn a seven-point lead into a 12-point deficit. They made just five of nineteen shots, committed seven turnovers and seven shooting fouls, and allowed 34 points on 12-18 shooting to the Detroit Pistons, who got scoring contributions from all nine players who took the floor in that timeframe.
The Nets left the third quarter down 78-66, hearing boos from their home crowd at Barclays Center, and began the fourth with an all-bench lineup, wearing white flags disguised as jerseys.
The problems are clear -- the Nets lack energy, effort, and execution in the third quarter. But the answers are more elusive. An exasperated Andray Blatche, who faced his locker while speaking with reporters, couldn't put his finger on it.
"I'm assuming the third quarter, it's just..." Blatche paused, trying to find the right words, letting out a frustrated laugh. "We've just got to focus in. We've got to want it more."
So how do they fix it?
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