It’s hard to fault the Nets when they’re fighting despite being depleted, but the losses aren’t getting any easier.
They lost their fourth straight game, 115-106, in the second night of back-to-back against the Detroit Pistons, Wednesday. They’ve also lost eight of the last nine.
According to Ian Eagle of YES, it’s worse than that! They’ve lost 27 straight road games on the second night of a back-to-back. That dates all the way back to December 21, 2015 at Chicago.
This matchup looked like it woud be a headache before it even began. Andre Drummond has made the Nets’ young frontcourt hurt in the past. Add Blake Griffin to that and suddenly Detroit becomes another very bad matchup for the Nets.
The injury bug only made things tougher. Quincy Acy was out with a finger injury. He’s been key in forcing bigs to defend him out on the perimeter. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson missed his seventh straight game with a groin injury. Caris LeVert was out as well after he was blindsided on a pick from Nene.
The combo of Drummond and Griffin dominated the Nets all night. Drummond finished with 17 points and 27 rebounds, while Griffin finished with 25 points and seven assists.
The Nets held their own most of the first half, despite Drummond and Griffin dominating the paint.
They played physical and forced Griffin and Drummond to shoot a combined 5-of-17 from the field in the first half. DeMarre Carroll scored 12 and brought the Nets within three by half. The Pistons made their run in the third and brought it up to 10, but the Nets wouldn’t go away.
“It“ kept happening. They would be down by 10 and then fight their way back. In the fourth, Allen Crabbe scored 10 points during a 10-2 run and brought the Nets within three with seven minutes left.
He scored 21 points of his career-high 34 points in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough. The Nets trailed by three with a little over two minutes left, but they simply couldn’t come up with necessary stops. Their inabilty to finish continues.
Crabbe finished with a career-high 34 on 6-of-14 shooting from deep. Jarrett Allen had another stellar night with 13 points and set career-highs for rebounds (14) and assists (six).
The Nets attempted 51 threes on the night and hit 17 of them – 10 coming from Joe Harris and Crabbe. Turnovers also doomed the Nets. They finished with 19 but also dished out 32 assists.
The Nets are now 8-19 on the road this season.
AS SEEN ON TV!
SLAM Magazine wrote a few days back that Spencer Dinwiddie would appear on the Rachael Ray show. Well, NetsDaily learned that Dinwiddie will be on the show on Thursday. The show airs on WABC at 10 a.m. No details on when Dinwiddie will appear of the show.
Dinwiddie has discussed his impressive cooking talents. He will be put to the test with Rachael. The native Californian calls himself “The Hood Chef” as seen on the Players Tribune.
TRADE DEADLINE TOMORROW
The NBA Trade Deadline came early this season. For some, it’s like Christmas. For others, like NBA players, it’s a day filled with anxiety and uncertainty. Nobody knows who will be dealt, but Sean Marks has already made two trades this season, five since June. Don’t be surprised to see him make a couple moves before the 3 p.m. deadline.
These young Nets are a likeable unit, but this is why it’s tough to root for a rebuilding team. Fans become attached to these underdog players with good stories, just to see them get traded for some sort of asset.
Don’t think it’s easy on Kenny Atkinson or any of the players for that matter. They’re human, too.
For a different perspective, head on over to Detroit Bad Boys.
- Game Report: Detroit Pistons 115, Brooklyn Nets 106 - NBA.com
- Highlights: Detroit Pistons 115, Brooklyn Nets 106 (Video) - NBA.com
- Highlights: Crabbe 6 three-pointers (Video) - NBA.com
- Highlights: Crabbe 34 points (Video) - NBA.com
- Highlights: Nets 5 three-pointers in fourth (Video) - NBA.com
- Allen lay-up and one (Video) - NBA.com
- Nets Post-Game Plus BKN@DET (Video) - YES Network
- Atkinson on Crabbe’s big game (Video) - YES Network
- Atkinson on shorthanded lineup (Video) - YES Network
- Dinwiddie on Griffin’s impact (Video) - YES Network
- Carroll on Nets’ loss to Pistons (Video) - YES Network
- Drummond, Griffin leads Pistons over Nets 115-106 (Video) - Noah Trister - AP
- Allen Crabbe’s late heroics not enough to save skidding Nets - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Nets can’t complete fourth-quarter rally in loss to Pistons - Greg Logan - Newsday
- Joe Harris credits Nets for his new NBA value - Greg Logan - Newsday
- Allen Crabbe hot streak not enough to power Nets over Pistons (Game Grades) - Sandy Mui - The Brooklyn Game
- BROOKLYN NETS 106-115 DETROIT PISTONS: THREE TAKEAWAYS - Alex Labidou - Brooklyn Nets
- Detroit Pistons stay perfect in Blake Griffin era, drop Nets, 115-106 - Vince Ellis - Detroit Free Press
- Pistons back above .500 after 5th straight win - Rod Beard - Detroit News