"Fatigue," Jason Kidd said after the game, scrawling another excuse for another lackluster Brooklyn Nets performance, one where they gave up a franchise-record nineteen three-pointers and 114 total points, all either in the paint, from beyond the arc, or at the free throw line.
"No one quit. It's fatigue," Kidd said, after benching most of his starters for the entire second half after losing the first 24 minutes by a score of 66-40.
There are reasons to point to fatigue. The Nets have had a brutal road schedule so far, with no back-to-back games at home and three road trips of at least two games. The Nets played a back-to-back, the first game on the road, before taking off to Houston on the Thanksgiving holiday. But it's shortsighted and reductive to blame the Nets' issues on the tryptophan in their system.
They haven't been fatigued for sixteen games. They've been bad.
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