New Jersey Nets Can't Keep Good Times Rolling, Humiliated By Indiana Pacers

Ryan ComstockCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2011

AP Photo/Darron Cummings
AP Photo/Darron Cummings

It was just one of those games for the New Jersey Nets.

After playing a great deal of close and exciting games over the past two weeks and winning four of their last five, the Nets ran out of gas.

New Jersey gave a up a season-high in points, getting blown out by the Indiana Pacers, 124-92, and lacking energy for much of the contest.

Offense wasn't really the problem for the Nets, as through three quarters they were shooting over 50 percent from the field. That percentage went down when the garbage-time players took the quarter in the game's final period.

The problem, as evidenced by the score, was the defense. The Nets didn't do anything on that side of the ball.

The Pacers got to the rim at will, scoring 58 points in the paint for the game. In the first half, Indiana tortured New Jersey with back door cuts that the latter was unable to make adjustments to.

The Nets compounded this inability to provide resistance in the lane by being slow in their rotations and making mental mistakes in leaving shooters open on the perimeter.

Of course, as it always is in games like this, it's not all on New Jersey.

The Pacers were extremely hot. Even when players are routinely left open, teams don't normally shoot 63 percent from the field and hit 55 percent of their threes (12-of-22).

Indiana, who had lost six in a row coming into the contest, was also desperate for a win, and they've now beaten New Jersey in five straight games and won eight of the last nine in this series.

Maybe it's just not a good matchup.

Still, it was disappointing to follow up the defensive effort the Nets have put forth recently with a stinker like this. They've had a problem starting games with energy and it really came back to bite them in this one.

On the bright side, as stated earlier, the offense was working until the bench was emptied with the game all but over in the fourth.

Brook Lopez continued to light it up by scoring 28 points and Devin Harris did a good job of creating opportunities for his teammates, finishing with nine assists. The two have been playing very well as of late.

The best thing to do in a situation like this is forget about the game as quickly as possible and move on to the next one.

Luckily for New Jersey, that next game comes quick.

They will visit Milwaukee Saturday night, where they will try to avenge the thrashing the Bucks handed them in Newark just a few weeks ago.

Hopefully this loss will give them the motivation to prove the wins they've gotten lately weren't a fluke.