EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Brooklyn Nets are the worst scoring team in the NBA in third quarters.
So far, they are being outscored by 5.2 points per game in the third quarter, worst in the NBA according to NBA.com. The Nets have talked about their third-quarter woes ad nauseam.
So Joe Johnson is politely suggesting that maybe the Nets should try something new and not talk about the third quarter problems anymore at halftime.
"Yeah, I think now coming into halftime we shouldn't even say nothing," Johnson said when asked if the issue might be in the Nets' heads. "Seriously. I think we come into halftime every game, if we're up five or 10 we always say, 'Well, who are we going to be in the second half?' It's every game. So I think from here on out, if we come in at half down or up, that shouldn't even come up."
Jason Kidd cracked that he's open to all suggestions on how to end the Nets' third-quarter woes.
"We can definitely look at that," Kidd said of not harping on coming out stronger in third quarters at the half. "Or we can stay on the floor and not go into the locker room."
Kidd was joking. But he is dead serious about finding something, anything, to spark his team in third quarters. In their 10 losses this season, the Nets have been outscored by 96 points in the third quarter. Detroit won the third on Sunday by 34-15 in a 109-97 Pistons' win.
Both coaches and players have repeatedly talked at halftime of games about getting a jump on the third quarter.
"I'm saying, we can go over some of the good things we did in the first half and some of the things we can correct," Johnson suggested. "But I don't think we should come out and be like, 'Alright, well, who we going to be this half?' Or, 'We know third quarters are our worst quarter.' Shouldn't even have to say nothing, I think it's obvious."
Deron Williams agrees that the whole third quarter thing could be mental.
"We got to realize, when we go into halftime, we have been winning a lot of these games (to that point)," Williams said. "It doesn’t feel like we feel that way. That is something J-Kidd has talked about. We have to know we have the lead. We haven’t hit as many shots as we like to, we haven’t played as well as we like to but we are still up. That’s a positive."
"We have done enough talking," Williams added. "It is about going out there and doing it on the court."
D-Will feels for D-Rose: Williams has certainly been dealing with his share of injuries.
After spraining his left ankle for the second time this season, Williams said he had been feeling sorry for himself with the constant injuries. And then he saw the Bulls’ Derrick Rose suffer another season-ending knee injury.
“I have been feeling sorry for myself with my injuries,” Williams said. “I don’t know what he is going through right now. Take a year off, rehabbing, get back, he looked great out there, go down again with another season-ending injury. It’s got to be tough for him, praying for him, wishing him the best."