The Nets were ahead by 17 in the second quarter, and then the Nets did not win the game.
After holding the Bucks to an 0-12 shooting slump to start the second, the slowly trailed off and allowed the comeback and for the Bucks to, at one point, jump ahead to an 11 point lead by the end of the third. Instead of fighting to come back, the Nets allowed runs of 7-0 and 11-1 in the fourth quarter. Jarrett Jack did all he could to bring the Nets back, but he is only one man.
Former Nets coach and icon Jason Kidd now has a 2-0 record against Brooklyn. The Bucks were supposed to be lousy this year, and the Nets were supposed to be okay. This stinks.
26 PTS, 10-15 FG, 4-5 3P, +15, 8 AST
If you had told me in October that Jarrett Jack would be Nets best player by a fairly wide margin, I’d have said, “Well, the Nets must really stink.”
Well, Jarrett Jack is the Nets’ best player by a pretty wide margin, and the Nets do stink. Tonight’s effort was not Jack’s fault: he put up a season-high in threes made and scored 11 points in the final two minutes.
The game was over, but Jack kept trying to bring the team back on offense, while his teammates gave up on defense in the last 30 seconds. Thanks Jarrett Jack for being the only Net who moved the needle tonight.
8 PTS, 3-8 FG, 1-5 3P, -15
Struggled on defense and contributed to the Nets’ terrible game behind the arc. A forgettable 40 minutes.
13 PTS, 8 RBS, 4-8 FG, 5-7 FT
I thought Plumlee had some nice moments defensively tonight, including a few strong blocks and disruptions down low. This game was void of spectacular Plumlee dunk moments, but was still able to score in the post. A solid effort from him tonight.
6 PTS, 3-5 FG, 3 REB, -4
Got the start, but played just 13 minutes and pretty much only saw court time in the first quarter. He’s just too old to make an impact night in and night out.
19 PTS, 8-16 FG, 6 AST
Joe Johnson can’t do it all. Scored nine in the first quarter, but was effectively shut down by either incredible Bucks defense or terrible Nets offense for the rest of the game. Came back alive in the tight fourth quarter, but was doubled and tripled by Bucks coach Jason Kidd, who pretty much knows the Joe Johnson drill.
0 PTS, 0-5 FG, 0-3 3P, -7, 4 AST, 3 TO
You know it’s bad when Ian Eagle says that Deron Williams has to step up with Jarrett Jack on the bench. D-Will couldn’t hit anything and he turned the ball over badly. He was sick tonight, but man, he was rough to watch.
10 PTS, 5-7 FG, +6, 2 TO
Not a great night for Brook Lopez. Was able to find his shot in the post, but had a few terrible turnovers in the third. He just wasn’t involved in the offense tonight, despite being able to hit shots when he took them.