Nets vs. Bobcats: New Jersey Has Dreadful Performance In Another OT Loss
After a triple overtime loss to Oklahoma City on Wednesday, the New Jersey Nets played another overtime game against the Charlotte Bobcats Friday and again fell short, this time losing 91-84.
There's not much good to say about the team's performance in this one.
To put it nicely, they were awful.
The Nets shot 32 percent on the night and were at 20 percent on threes. Despite not being able to find the range on the long-ball, New Jersey inexplicably launched it 25 times for behind the arc.
Particularly egregious in this regard was Travis Outlaw, who hit just one three-pointer while putting up eight attempts.
Outlaw has shown the ability to hit from downtown, but not when attempting so many shots. It was apparent early on that his shot was not falling. He needed to be more aggressive and drive the ball, not settle for outside jumpers.
He was still New Jersey's leading scorer with 21, but the only player on this team with any right to take that many three-pointers is Anthony Morrow—statistically one of the best long-range shooters in NBA history.
Morrow, a native of Charlotte, scored 19 on the night and was 7-of-18 from the field, including 3-for-8 on threes.
Jordan Farmar got off to a hot start, scoring eight points in the first quarter, but went cold after that and finished with 16 on 6-of-18 shooting. He also had 10 assists filling in for the injured Devin Harris, so at least he was still productive.
With Harris out, the Bobcats based their game plan around stopping Brook Lopez.
Lopez was double-teamed every time he touched the ball and ended up going 3-of-10 for 13 points. He had just two rebounds on the night which, frankly, is unacceptable.
It's been clear early on this season that teams can rattle Lopez. He appears to get easily frustrated when his shots aren't falling early and it's something he needs to work on.
After scoring just 16 points in each of the first three quarters, the Nets went off in the fourth, scoring 31 and forcing overtime.
Once in the extra period, though, they mustered all of five points and did not make a field goal until far too late.
Charlotte did not have a great shooting night either at 38 percent. They did, however, hit 7-of-15 three-pointers and 22-of-32 free throws. They also dominated the boards, grabbing 62 rebounds compared to New Jersey's 48.
Allowing offensive rebounds has been a problem all year for the Nets, with tonight being no exception as the Bobcats were able to get 17.
Charlotte also blocked 12 shots, a big factor in New Jersey's low shooting percentage. They were led by Stephen Jackson, who finished with 25 points and hit 12-of-13 free throws.
Maybe there's something to the fact that they fought back so hard in the fourth, but there's no getting around it. This was a terrible performance by New Jersey.
Had they been able to do anything in the first 36 minutes of action, they likely would have won this game.
While it's tough being without Harris, you have to get it done with who you have and the execution simply wasn't there.
The Nets will get a day off to think about this one before hosting Boston on Sunday, when they will look to avoid going winless on the week.
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