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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Bobcats 95, Nets 91

By Mike Mazzeo

The Brooklyn Nets continued their losing ways, falling to the Charlotte Bobcats, 95-91, Wednesday night at Time Warner Cable Arena.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Nets (3-8, 1-6 away) have lost six of their last seven games. They had beaten the Bobcats in seven straight coming in. The Nets are pretty much a mess right now. They had 17 turnovers and were outscored 52-34 in the paint. They lost to a Charlotte team that was missing interior threat Al Jefferson. The Nets were without Brook Lopez, but still. The Nets have now lost to Cleveland, Orlando, Washington, Sacramento and Charlotte. Coming into the season, you certainly didn’t expect Brooklyn to lose to those squads, yet here we are. It may be a process, but we certainly couldn’t blame fans who are in panic mode already.

“The hell with all the talking,” Kevin Garnett said, according to the New York Daily News. “You can come out and apply it at this point.”

D-WILL HURT: Not again. Yeah, again. Deron Williams reinjured his sprained left ankle in the second quarter and did not return. Williams ended up falling on Kemba Walker's foot after pulling up for a perimeter jumper. D-Will finished with just four points on 1-for-5 shooting and two assists in 14 minutes. He had missed the last two games. Coach Jason Kidd, as he’s prone to do, told reporters in Charlotte he’d see how Williams felt Thursday.

“We don’t know how long he’s going to be out, but hopefully it’s a speed recovery, Kidd said.

THIRD QUARTER WOES: The third quarter continues to haunt the Nets. They were outscored 30-20 in the third Wednesday night, and dropped to 0-8 when losing the quarter. The Nets have been outscored by 65 points in those third quarters.

WELL, THE GOOD NEWS IS: Joe Johnson had his first good game in a while, scoring 19 points. Johnson came in having missed 40 of his last 58 shots. Andray Blatche scored a season-high 25 points on 11-for-14 shooting. Alan Anderson had 16 points in 25 minutes off the bench. Mason Plumlee added nine on a perfect 3-for-3. The rookie continues to impress.

AND YET ...: Paul Pierce went 3-for-11. Garnett attempted only two shots, granted he made them both. Walker exploded on the Nets for a game-high 31 points. Brooklyn’s entire starting lineup connected for only 12 field goals.

BTW: According to the Daily News, Andrei Kirilenko received an injection in his back to try and alleviate his prevailing back spasms, which have caused the versatile forward to miss the last six games.

UP NEXT: Practice Thursday, and then a game against the solid Timberwolves Friday night.