Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd was critical of his team following Monday night’s 103-86 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
“Well, I think it is getting very close to just accepting losing,” Kidd said after his team lost its third straight to drop to 9-18 this season, via ESPNNewYork.com. “We are kind of getting comfortable with losing. And we 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.”
Point guard Deron Williams said he’s not comfortable with losing.
“I’m not. I’m not comfortable losing. It’s not fun,” he said when told of Kidd’s comments. “Not only when we’re losing during the game, but when I go home sitting there and thinking about it, it’s not fun.”
The Pacers’ top-ranked defense held the Nets to 38.2 percent shooting from the field; Williams (3-for-9), Garnett and Pierce combined to go 6-for-26.
“When we don’t make shots, we tend to hang our head and we forget about playing defense,” Kidd said. “You look at Indiana, they got a couple of layups there because of missed shots and our transition [defense], which was really good in the first half because I guess both teams weren’t making shots. And there in the third, Indiana is making shots and we are not, and the game kind of got away from us.”
Williams admits he needs to step up.
“I need to play better. I need to be more aggressive for us to have a chance — especially with Brook going down, that’s what I talked about is stepping up,” Williams said. “Tonight was just a bad game for me, throwing the ball all over the place, couldn’t hit a shot. It took my aggressiveness away, and I think I played into what they were trying to do.”
The Nets are just 2.5 games behind the Toronto Raptors (11-15) for first place in the Atlantic Division.