It’s hard to imagine a worse blues Monday for the Nets.
A few hours after they were informed that there would be no exceptions for Kyrie Irvingthey have lost fearcare about safety and health protocols. They then suffered a 133-97 loss to Toronto against 17,112 at Barclays Center, double damage.
Eighth-placed Brooklyn (32-30) dropped a must-win, lost a key spot to the Raptors and fell even further behind them in the play-in rankings. The Nets ranked seventh Toronto two full games with 20 players, and the second leg between home and away will take place on Tuesday at Scotiabank Arena.
“Yes, we are two games behind seventh place. So yeah, it’s huge,” admitted Bruce Brown. “We have to get this win in Toronto, especially since they come here and do what they want in our gym. That was unacceptable, so we had to go out there and give it to them. ”
The Nets brought it to them on Monday.
After losing Nash just minutes before kick-off, they walked out looking distraught.
The Nets were ignited by Toronto’s Scottie Barnes, who had 28 points in 12 of 14 shots from the floor and 16 rebounds, both the highest of the game. Despite holding Pascal Siakam to just 8 points in 2 out of 14 shots, they were still out, which was a pity for them in most other respects.
The Nets only shot 38.4 percent overall and committed 23 spins to give the Raptors 31 points. LaMarcus Aldridge has just 15 points, with Brown and Cam Thomas adding 14 in a night of terrifying attacks.
Brooklyn leads with 39 points, on a 3-point tree Yuta Watanabe to lead Toronto 129-90 with a score of 3:37.
The Nets lost 3 games ¹/₂ to the Boston Celtics in an idle sixth place and the final playoff spot secured in the Eastern Conference. But at this point, the Nets – who lost 14 out of 17 – need to be more concerned about Tuesday’s quick turnaround against these same Raptors.
“[That’s] very helpful,” said assistant Jacque Vaughn, who will serve as head coach until Nash returns. “Hopefully our boys are ready for that and looking forward to going to Toronto and dealing with the fact that we could have played better tonight and we’ll play better.” [Tuesday]. ”
The Nets won’t have any of their new Big 3s of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving or Ben Simmons for Tuesday’s second leg of this head-to-head, and facing the prospect of losing three games with 19 men to play is a challenge. difficult.
“I mean for us right now every game is important. We know how that goes,” said James Johnson. “We need to get it all, and that’s the bottom line. I feel like once we get there, I like our chances against everyone else. ”
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