Following an eighth straight loss at home versus the Raptors, Lionel Hollins said the Nets needed a ‘foundation of consistency', which includes winning at home AND on the road. Winning consistently is something we haven't seen at all this season.
It didn't happen Saturday night, either. This time, the Pistons took down the Nets, 103-89, as Brooklyn once again fell apart in the fourth quarter.
The loss drops the Nets to 10-27 on the season and 4-14 on the road. They're on a four-game losing streak and they're 0-5 since Jarrett Jack went down.
The first half was more a game of catch up than anything for the guys in black and white. The Pistons took a 14-point lead, but the Nets carved into the deficit behind 10 first half points from Donald Sloan. He was the only Net in double figures at the half, while the Pistons had three players within double figures in the first (quarter).
For some odd reason, Brook Lopez only attempted three shots in the first half. He finished with 10 attempts and scored 19 points and seven rebounds.
The Nets trailed by 10 at the half, which meant another half of catching up. They went on a 14-2 run in the third quarter and trailed by two, then eventually six heading into the fourth quarter after holding Detroit to just 16 points in the quarter. They needed to find a way to finish this thing out.
But like usual, they didn't.
In fact, they did quite the opposite... real quick. The Pistons' second unit started the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run and eventually ran the score up to 18 at the six-minute mark. The Pistons out-scored the Nets 31-23 in the fourth quarter. Sigh...
Donald Sloan put home his second career double-double and a season-high 15 points & 10 assists. Shane Larkin has been awfully unimpressive since taking over for Jarrett Jack, so one must wonder if Lionel Hollins will switch Sloan and Larkin in the rotation.
The Nets shot an impressive 6-of-10 from three but a poor 43 percent overall. Joe Johnson scored 14 points and nailed two three-pointers, ranking him 11th in NBA history for three-pointers made (1,761).
Meanwhile, Andre Drummond finished with 23 points & 11 rebounds, while Reggie Jackson also put home 23 points & eight assists. Ersan Ilyasova, a known Nets killer, chipped in 19.
Markel Brown scored two points after replacing Bojan Bogdanovic in the starting lineup. Bogdanovic, whose confidence has suddenly disappeared yet again, is now 0 for his last 11 from the field.
The Nets will travel home to Brooklyn this Monday and face the San Antonio Spurs. The Russians will be in the states. Will they address any of the mess that's occurred this season? It's time.
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