Late in the third quarter of Wednesday night’s tilt between the Celtics and Nets in Brooklyn, Celtics forward Jae Crowder outhustled Brook Lopez for a loose ball and got his team an unexpected two points.
The C’s walked out of BK with a 89-81 win, and Nets head coach Lionel Hollins did not mince words when discussing his big man’s “lazy” play.
Lopez admitted that he could’ve went harder during the loss.
Per the NY Daily News:
For whatever reason, he didn’t anticipate Boston forward Jae Crowder racing from behind. Crowder retrieved the ball, picked up a foul and buried two free throws, and Lopez could only tell his teammates, “My bad.”
“Of course (it’s frustrating),” coach Lionel Hollins said. “I told him he was being lazy.”
On a night when Deron Williams barely got off the bench before aggravating an injury, Lopez managed just six points on 2-of-7 shooting, also in a reserve role. He was benched for the final 10 minutes, perhaps a new low in a season full of them. […] “I definitely disappointed myself,” Lopez said. “The effort was poor out there, and I let my teammates down.”