Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics Takeaways and Player Grades
On the evening before Thanksgiving, the Boston Celtics defeated the Brooklyn Nets 111-92 at Barclays Center. Isaiah Thomas and Sean Kilpatrick led their respective teams in scoring, each putting up 23 a piece.
The Brooklyn Nets started the night out slow, falling behind by as much as 14 points in the first quarter. This was a result of a flurry of careless turnovers from Isaiah Whitehead and Joe Harris throughout the course of the first period.
Brooklyn then found their footing a bit in second quarter, even cutting the once controlling Boston lead to two points at one point. This comeback was powered by gritty play from Trevor Booker, and series of threes from Bojan Bogdanovic and Brook Lopez. After a Harris three to end the half, the Celtics entered the locker-room with a measly two point advantage.
The game remained competitive until around the four minute mark of the third. Booker was called for a controversial offensive foul call which sparked the beginning of a drastic shift in the momentum of the game.
The Celtics shot the lights out from that point in the game until the final buzzer sounded. The Nets’ turnover and defensive issues escalated until the game became blowout late in the fourth quarter. Brooklyn’s bench cleared, signaling their acceptance of defeat to the team who owns their first round pick this season.
1. The Nets’ turnover dilemma is getting out of hand fast
Brooklyn committed 19 turnovers on the night which has unfortunately become the norm for them. Booker, Kilpatrick, Harris and Luis Scola all contributed three turnovers a piece leading to a variety of easy offensive opportunities for the Celtics on the other end of the floor.
The large amount of lazy passes made by the Nets is simply unacceptable. It seemed that almost every time the Nets’ guards would push the ball, Boston was able to telegraph the passes perfectly. As Brooklyn’s second half collapse rolled around, it was clear the Celtics had the Nets figured out in transition. Perhaps letting ball handlers such as Whitehead and Yogi Ferrell push the ball on fast breaks would be more effective than having a big like Booker push the ball up the court.
2. When it rains, it pours for the Nets
Coming off of a defensive collapse, which Brooklyn had plenty of last night, the Nets seemed to panic the next offensive possession on several occasions. Instead of setting up a play and taking time to find the open man, the Nets opted to attempt to force the ball into the paint or take a quick contested three. As Kenny Atkinson simply said to his team during their first timeout in the midst of a Celtics run: “calm down!” This sloppy play on offense following a defensive breakdown will most of the time cause the bleeding to become worse, as was demonstrated on Wednesday night.
3. The Nets’ guard play on defense needs work
Brooklyn gave up a combined 55 points to Thomas and his backcourt running mate, Avery Bradley last night. This scoring outburst also came while the two shot well above 38 percent from the field. This lackluster performance defending opposing guards comes just days after being abused by the Portland Trail Blazers explosive backcourt.
While Rondae Hollis-Jefferson gave a solid effort on the perimeter defensively, as he always does, his fellow defenders outside the paint were mediocre. Particularly, Harris and Kilpatrick looked completely lost coming off screens, leading to several easy Boston three pointers. After two straight beatings from opposing guards, the Nets perimeter defenders will ideally be very motivated to make adjustments for their next contest.
Player of the Game:
PF, Brooklyn Nets
SG/SF, Brooklyn Nets
Up Your Game, Please….
PF, Brooklyn Nets
With the loss, the Nets fall to 4-10 on the season. The loss is Brooklyn’s fifth straight. After having Thanksgiving off, the Nets will travel to Indiana to take on the 7-9 Pacers on Friday.
More from Nothin' But Nets
- Nets Fall To Celtics For The Second Time This Season1 h ago
- Nets Loss to Celtics Worsened By Injuries to Hollis-Jefferson and Whitehead3h ago
- Without Jeremy Lin, Brook Lopez Has Filled Leadership Void8h ago
- Brooklyn Nets: Week Four Stars and Slackers10h ago
- Brooklyn Nets Look to Snap Four Game Skid Against Celtics16h ago