Coming off a win over Indiana and with Paul George out for the night with back issues, the Brooklyn Nets had some optimism going into tonight’s game for a win.
There was hope for about six minutes, then it went downhill.
The Nets scored an efficient 20 points in the first half of the first quarter, fueled by Brook Lopez and birthday boy Trevor Booker.
Once the bench went in, Brooklyn only scored three points in remaining six minutes of the first quarter.
Turnovers spelled a lot of the trouble for the Nets all night. Finishing with 19 of them, it was easy for the Pacers to take advantage. They were keen to Brooklyn’s passing all night, and were eager to rebound on their losses.
Glenn Robinson III had a big night for Indiana with 20 points, while all the starters, including Thaddeus Young, put up solid performances. Indiana shot 55 percent from the field, which any Black Friday shopper would be thrilled about if it were a discount.
The Nets, however, were not so ecstatic.
Turnovers. Shot selection. And more turnovers. Five of the players picking up three turnovers each can’t fly in the future.
Awareness on offense and defense both need to take a step up to snap this 6-game losing streak.
The stats: 20 PTS, 8-13 FG, 4 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 1 BLK, 3 TOV
He scored seven points in the first six minutes of the game, then didn’t contribute much until the second half. He continued to make threes, but like Booker, turned the ball over three times. He needs to make up for that with more of a presence at the free throw line.