When the streaking Brooklyn Nets got back on the road to take on the lowly Boston Celtics on Friday night, they were probably anticipating 48 rather stress-free minutes that would result in their fifth straight victory.
What they found, however, was a 91-84 loss. One that they easily deserved.
But as surprised as Brooklyn likely was at the end of the night, it will serve no long-term purpose if they don’t interpret the disappointment as a wake-up call.
As the postseason approaches closer and closer, the Nets have to understand that efforts like this most recent one against Boston will have them golfing before all the second round matchups are even set. Yes, good shots, especially the ones from deep, couldn’t be bought for some unknown reason.
But that can’t be used as an excuse for why Brooklyn fell to one of the worst teams in the league. When the outside shot isn’t falling, the answer isn’t simply to take more. Odds don’t really dictate that they have to start finding the bottom of the basket at some point.
The correct answer is to get the ball in the paint and attack the rim aggressively. After making just four of 30 three point attempts, it appeared as though the Nets thought that the paint was just a green river infested with piranhas or something of the sort.
A refusal to go hard to the basket will do Brooklyn no good come playoff time. They should let this loss be their wake up call when it comes to that.