Nets vs. Timberwolves: New Jersey Can’t Overcome Dreadful 3rd Quarter in Loss

January 1st, 2011 by Ryan Comstock Leave a reply »
The New Jersey Nets started out their 12-70, 2009-10 season by collapsing in the fourth quarter on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

It was only fitting then, that in their first game in Minnesota since last October, the Nets were dealt a loss thanks to another quarter-long failure.

New Jersey entered halftime with a one-point lead, then came out of the break completely flat, being outscored 23-9 in the third quarter, eventually losing by a score of 103-88.

It was a flashback to last season, when the Nets would suffer long stretches of offensive ineptitude. In that third period the team went 4-of-17, which was particularly disheartening because they did not play horribly on defense.

Minnesota (7-for-15 in the third) made just three more field-goals than New Jersey. It was not as though they exploded and dropped a 35-point quarter. The Nets just could not do anything with the ball in their hands.

Take away that third quarter, and this was a one-point game.

The Nets also committed seven turnovers in the third—something that has been a problem all year.

New Jersey has two days off befo ...

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