Thursday, November 14, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Kings 107, Nets 86
By Mike Mazzeo
Maybe it's time for Mikhail Prokhorov to make a rash, early-season guarantee -- like the hated owner on the other side of the East River. Because for the second time this season, Prokhorov's Brooklyn Nets looked lifeless against a team in rebuilding mode, and they were routed by the Sacramento Kings 107-86 on Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena.
WHAT IT MEANS: When the Nets failed to show up in Orlando earlier this season, they said it wouldn't happen again. Well, it did. And as a result, Brooklyn remains winless on the road (0-4). The Nets (2-5), who have lost three in a row, claim they want to be a title contender. Well, teams that have those types of grand aspirations don't play this bad against bad teams.
It's early, and it's fine to say it's a process and it's a marathon, not a sprint. It's not fine to get totally outclassed. Maybe it's not time to push the panic button yet, but there are several fans who at least have their fingers on it. The Nets, significantly lacking in the speed and athleticism department, shot just 37.8 percent from the field and had 14 assists -- as a team. They trailed by as many as 23. The Kings (2-5) were able to snap a five-game losing streak. Marcus Thornton had a game-high 24 points off the bench.
STARTERS STINK: The Nets starters were terrible. All five of them. They shot a combined 20-for-56 from the floor and lacked any sort of continuity. Kevin Garnett wanted to be aggressive. He was, he just continues to misfire (2-for-9, hits his season average with 6 points). Deron Williams said was starting to feel like his old self. Well, he couldn't put together a second consecutive solid effort (13 points, 7 assists, 4 turnovers.
Williams appeared to tweak his left ankle with 3:58 remaining in the second quarter when he backed into Andray Blatche. But D-Will shook it off and stayed in the game. Joe Johnson appeared to bang his knee late in the third quarter.
Perhaps it's time for coach Jason Kidd to make some sort of changes or adjustments.
ALTERCATION: With 8:20 left, Jason Terry didn't like the elbow thrown by Greivis Vasquez as the Kings point guard was trying to drive. Thing is, it didn’t look like Terry got hit at all. It looked like he flopped. Anyway, Terry and Vasquez got into it and had to be separated. Terry was hit with both a personal and a technical foul.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: The Nets are 0-5 when being outscored in the third quarter. They have been outscored by a combined 41 points in those thirds. They were outscored 28-19 in the third Wednesday night.
MISERABLE: The Nets looked disjointed on both ends of the court and fell behind 43-25 with 5:03 left in the second quarter. The Nets shot just 6-for-22 from the field in the second, 32.5 percent in the first half (8-for-25 in the paint) and had nine turnovers. The Kings kicked off the second on an 18-4 run.
UP NEXT: The Nets face the surprising Phoenix Suns on Friday night.