Jason Kidd refused to mince words following the Nets’ latest debacle.
After the Indiana Pacers waltzed into the Barclays Center and blitzed the Nets, 103-86, Kidd said the now 9-18 Nets have grown far too comfortable with their predicament.
Mikhail Prokhorov and management did not expect this result when compiling the team with the league’s highest payroll.
“It’s getting very close to just accepting losing,” an exasperated Kidd said. “We’re kind of getting comfortable with losing. We’ve got to make a stand with that because when things get tough, do we just give in? Most of the time right now, we do.”
When probed about how he would solve his team’s woes, Kidd replied with an interesting quip.
“We don’t have enough timeouts,” Kidd added. “I can only call as many timeouts to slow it down and call the play and get us in the zone, but we still have to find a way to put the ball in the basket and get stops.”
The Pacers sit atop the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers at 23-5.
Although the Pacers seemed like a mismatch with Brook Lopez out for the season with a fractured foot, the Nets never mounted much of a rally. The Pacers exploded in the third quarter, outscoring the Nets, 30-19.
The turnovers mounted, as did the frustration.
Paul Pierce earned himself an early shower when he clotheslined streaking Indiana point guard George Hill. The officials slapped Pierce with a flagrant two foul.
A rare moment of life for a listless team in the midst of a funk.
Although actions spoke louder than words for coach Kidd, Deron Williams disputed his coach’s claims.
“I’m not comfortable with losing,” Williams said. “It’s not fun, not only when we’re losing during the game but then we go home and sit there thinking about it.”
Williams did criticize himself for his individual performance. The Nets guard shot 3-for-9 from the field and turned over the ball four times. He finished with nine points.
“First of all, talking about we, I need to play better,” Williams said. “Tonight was just a bad game for me, throwing the ball all over the place, couldn’t hit a shot. I think I played into what (the Pacers) were trying to do.”
The Nets didn’t lose because of Williams, though. Although the Pacers are playing at an extremely high level, the Nets have plenty of blame to go around.
The team combined to shoot 38.2 percent from the field and turn over the ball 18 times. Outside of Joe Johnson, the remaining Nets starters combined to shoot 10-for-32 from the field.
In addition, Pierce went 0-for-7 before getting ejected from the game. He finished with zero points.
“That’s not just an individual - that’s a team,” Kidd said.
The Nets return to the floor Christmas Day for a matinee tip-off against the struggling Chicago Bulls. The Nets tip at noon.