Brooklyn Nets suffer bad loss to former coach Kidd and Bucks

By on April 13, 2015

“We thought Brook has been their engine,” Kidd said when asked about the strategy. “When he’s going and playing at a very high level, we go.”

“We just really couldn’t find an answer for it,” said Williams, who missed 10 of his 11 shots, going 0-for-4 from beyond the arc.

Johnson, who shot 3-for-9, provided a more blunt assessment.

“We didn’t make shots so we looked like garbage, that’s how it was,” he said.

Now six games under .500, the Nets somehow still control their own destiny with two games remaining (Monday vs. the Bulls and Wednesday vs. the Magic). The Pacers, winners of five straight after Sunday’s victory over the Thunder, are tied record-wise with the Nets but lose the head-to-head tiebreaker.

The seventh seed — once a strong possibility — would now be out of reach with either the next Celtics victory or Nets defeat. In other words, it’s shaping up to be an all-or-nothing race with the Pacers for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The reward is a first-round match up with the Hawks.

Deron Williams and the Nets have some work to do in their final two games if the hope to make the NBA playoffs.Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty Images

Deron Williams and the Nets have some work to do in their final two games if the hope to make the NBA playoffs.

Coach Lionel Hollins, trying to avoid the disaster of missing the playoffs with the most expensive roster in the NBA, settled on brevity when asked, “How big are these final two games?”

“Hmm, about 6-foot-5,” he said. “I don’t know. We’re in the same boat. We still have to win. Until the season is over, we have to win.”

The Nets weren’t mathematically eliminated from the sixth seed (and the potential for a desirable first round versus Toronto) until they were pummeled Sunday by the Bucks, who won just 15 games last season before Kidd took the job.

Ersan Ilyasova scored a game-high 21 points for Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo added 13 points with nine rebounds and seven assists. Brooklyn’s starters combined to shoot 13-for-49.

“It gets very frustrating when you’re getting open looks and they’re just not going down,” Young said. “It’s like there’s a lid on the basket.”

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