The bickering and finger pointing was bound to happen. Following Brooklyn’s 5th straight loss, Paul Pierce directed some criticism at the team’s coaching staff:
Jason Kidd, who watched his 3-10 squad crumble in the third quarter (again) and fall for the eighth time in nine games, sent a message by benching his entire starting lineup at the beginning of the fourth quarter. But after the Nets got blown out in another third quarter, Kidd got a message back with Paul Pierce seemingly blaming the rookie coach for the team’s struggles after halftime.
“We got to understand teams aren’t going to play the same way they did in the first half as they did in the second half because teams make adjustments, especially when they are down,” Pierce said. “And we got to realize that and adjust with that.”
On Sunday, the Nets lost the third quarter, 34-15, which means they’ve been outscored by a combined 96 points in the third quarters of their 10 losses. Maybe Kidd needs to work on those halftime speeches.
“We’ve got to be the worst team in the league when it comes to third quarters,” said Kevin Garnett. “Unacceptable.”
Fire in the hole!
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