There are three reasons the Nets lost in embarrassing fashion to the Hornets tonight: terrible shooting, terrible defense, and untimely turnovers.
The Hornets, after their trade ten minutes before the game for Steph Curry who donned a Marvin Williams jersey, jumped out to a 29-6 lead in the first quarter. Marvin Williams and Al Jefferson absolutely dominated Brooklyn early, and the team never recovered.
The Nets made a small run in the second quarter to bring the score within 15, but the Hornets ran away again in the third quarter.
The Nets D allowed all five Hornet starters to have huge games. The typically streaky shooting of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist? Efficient against the Nets. Gerald Henderson dropped an easy 19 on Brooklyn, while Mo Williams added 14 assists. The Nets shot just 39.8% from the floor and 18.8% from behind the arc, and gave up nine turnovers, which I’ll say 100% of which was nothing but carelessness.
Terrible, terrible effort for Brooklyn in a game that had some playoff implications as the two teams were tied for the 8 seed before tip.
2 PTS, 1-5 FG, 0-1 3P, 2 RB
Alan Anderson gets an F because he contributed nothing to this game on the offensive end (except shooting 20% from the floor) and nothing to this game on the defensive end (except getting crushed by MKG and Gerald Henderson).
2 PTS, 1-6 FG, 0-3 3P, 2 RB
Joe Johnson gets an F because he was overmatched by Marvin Williams and could not score to save his life. There is a time and place for Joe to play the four, and tonight was not the night. He switched back the three in the second half, but the results were pretty much the same.
11 PTS, 5-9 FG, 7 RB
Mason Plumlee… you were fine I guess. Nice scoring day and had some impressive post moves. However, his and Brook’s defense on Big Al left much to be desired. But in a game like this, that’s kind of a compliment.
9 PTS, 4-11 FG, 0-3 3P
Not a great shooting day for him either, but I’ll give him a pass. There’s just a different dynamic when he’s on the floor, even if it’s not one of his impressive dunk-filled outings.
12 PTS, 3-9 FG, 1-4 3P, 6 AST, 2 TO
I mean, Deron has been much more aggressive since the All-Star break. But tonight, it felt like he played way worse than his stats indicated. He shot 33%, but it seemed like he missed everything. Two turnovers and six assists, but his ball control was sloppy. Maybe the blowout amplified his faults, or the fact that he was outplayed badly by Mo Williams. I don’t know. Rough eye test performance from D-Will tonight.
8 PTS, 2-7 FG, 3 RB, 1 TO
Brook had a real nice block alongside Thad Young in the second half, but man, his defense was real bad tonight. Burned several times by Big Al, and couldn’t find his shot on the other end. He only recorded one turnover, but like D-Will, he was very sloppy with the ball.
9 PTS, 4-13 FG, 0-2 3P, 4 RB, 3 AST, 2 ST
Jack left his shot in the Golden State game. The ball just wasn’t going in for him, but he was far and away the Nets’ best defender on the wing, which isn’t saying a whole lot.
9 PTS, 3-5 FG, 1-1 3P, 3 ST
Started the second half which was a nice change of pace for Thad. He had some great defensive moments, like the shared blocked shot with Brook and the three steals. Like Markel, there is just a different vibe when he’s on the floor. I hope Hollins keeps him in the starting lineup. Why not?
11 PTS, 4-7 FG, 0-3 3P, 5 RB
Bojan was super athletic today. Had a couple nice fast break plays and was one of the few Nets who could actually shoot the ball.