Rapid Reaction: Timberwolves 111, Nets 81

November, 22, 2013
11/22/13
10:25
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The free fall continues. The Brooklyn Nets were annihilated again, this time by the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-81 on Friday night at the Target Center.

WHAT IT MEANS: They've lost seven of their past eight games. They're 3-9 overall, 1-7 on the road. Feels like it can't get any worse. This has to be rock bottom, no? Of course, we've said that before.

BOTTOM LINE: The Nets need Brook Lopez and Deron Williams to get healthy. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson have shown that, at their advanced ages, they just can't carry this team. With Lopez, Williams, Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry all out, the Nets had no chance against the Timberwolves. And it seemed like they played that way, lacking any passion or energy.

Coach Jason Kidd and his team are certainly digging themselves into a pretty massive hole. They're lucky the teams in front of them aren't anything special. Though, who knows if they're going to turn it around.

STAT BAD, HUH? Yeah. It was ugly. All around. The Nets trailed by as many as 35. Their debacle began early: KG made a jumper. Then, they missed -- a lot. The Nets went 4-for-19 with a season-high nine turnovers in the first quarter. They scored a season-low 14 points. It would get worse.

When it was over, Brooklyn shot 39.7 percent and had 20 turnovers to just seven assists. Kevin Love dominated inside. He grabbed 16 rebounds. He scored 17 points. He played just 28 minutes. Minnesota didn't exactly need their starters in the fourth.

Garnett and Pierce were done by the third quarter; the game way out of hand. Garnett, returning again to the place he called home for the first 12 years of his career, went 4-for-6 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. He received a standing ovation. He got a video tribute. Pierce went 2-for-11. In his past three games, Pierce is 7-for-34.

FAILURE: Garnett tried to fire up the team when he shoved Love and exchanged words with the Timberwolves star at the 9:28 mark of the third quarter. KG received a technical foul and a flagrant-one. His move ended up having the opposite effect. It led to more Minnesota points and more Brooklyn ineptitude. A 19-2 Wolves run, in all. Speaking of the third, the Nets were outscored 33-21 in it. That makes them 0-9 this season when they lose that quarter.

UP NEXT: The Nets are off Saturday before returning to Barclays Center and taking on the Detroit Pistons on Sunday afternoon.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Brook Lopez
PTS AST STL MIN
20.7 0.9 0.5 31.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8