NEWARK, N.J. -- Aside from the vast disparity in talent and experience, the reason the New Jersey Nets lost to the San Antonio Spurs, 102-85, on Monday night at the Prudential Center was their inability to make shots.
The Nets nearly established season-lows in both field goal percentage (34.8 percent) and made field goals (31) as they dropped to 17-39 overall.
“We really struggled offensively,” head coach Avery Johnson said. “Their defense was there, give them credit, but man, we missed countless wide-open shots. Nobody’s here between us and San Antonio, and man we gotta make those shots. We’ll keep practicing and keep shooting, but this now is two games in a row where we just missed so many easy shots. We missed dunks, we missed open jumpers.”
Shooting has been the Nets’ Achilles heel all season. New Jersey now ranks 28th in field goal percentage and 27th in field goals made.
The Nets are also the 29th-best team out of 30 in terms of scoring offense (92.8 points per game).