Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd blasted his team when chatting with the media on Monday night, after dropping a home game to the Indiana Pacers. Kidd thinks his players are growing a little comfortable with their losing ways. Per Newsday:
“I think it’s getting very close to just accepting losing,” he said Monday night after a 103-86 thumping by the Pacers at Barclays Center. “We kind of get comfortable with losing, and we’ve got to make a stand with that, because when things get tough, do we just give in? And most of the time right now, we do.”
That’s an indictment of the Nets (9-18), who looked lost in their first game without Brook Lopez, who’s lost for the season with a fractured right foot. But it’s also an accurate depiction of a team that was embarrassed and outclassed by one of the teams they were supposed to be fighting for Eastern Conference supremacy. Instead, the Nets have shown they’re nowhere close to the Pacers’ stratosphere.
Doomed by an ice-cold shooting performance and lacking any kind of offensive consistency, the Nets couldn’t keep pace with Indiana. They connected on 38.2 percent of their attempts, a number that slightly improved from their 35.0-percent showing in the first half. “When we don’t make shots,” Kidd said, “we tend to hang our head and we forget about playing defense.”
“I’m not comfortable with losing,” Deron Williams said. “Getting our confidence back, our swagger back, that’s something we need to do.”