Friday night, the Nets dropped a clunker to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Barclays Center. Brooklyn’s defense struggled mightily without Andrei Kirilenko, and the Thunder coasted to an easy victory.
Not only was the defense lacking, but the Nets also set an embarrassing record for futility with 17 total rebounds, the fewest any team has ever had in an NBA game.
Paul Pierce had five rebounds for Brooklyn and Shaun Livingston had four, while the rest of the team combined for just eight more, with nobody getting more than two.
Kevin Garnett had his worst game as a Net, going scoreless in a game for the first time since his rookie season, pulling down just one rebound in 12 minutes of action.
With one half of the Drei and Dray tag team already sidelined, Andray Blatche left the game with a hip injury himself, adding injury to insult in an all-around total team loss.
After the game, Paul Pierce told reporters that it won’t do any good to dwell on this loss, especially with a tough game on the road against the Indiana Pacers coming up.
Jon Presser, ContributorIt was a rough game to watch, and a little disappointing to see the Nets lose two straight to end the month of January after going 10-1 in their first 11 games, starting with that incredible win in Oklahoma City a few weeks ago.
At any rate, there’s nothing they can do it about it now. The Nets’ focus has to be squarely on the Pacers tonight, as Brooklyn has the unfortunate luck of playing a back-to-back against the teams with the two best records in the league.
It’ll be tough sledding if Kirilenko and/or Blatche aren’t able to suit up against the Pacers, who are one of the better rebounding teams in the league. On the heels of some tough losses, the Nets need to find a way to rebound, in more ways than one.