The Brooklyn Nets took on the Houston Rockets Wednesday looking for their first Summer League win. Well, Brooklyn did not play well and, in fact, Houston never trailed throughout the game. Let’s break down the game.
The Brooklyn Nets came up short again and lost their fourth straight Summer League game, falling to a record of 0-4 after a 109-102 loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday to open tournament play.
With the loss, the Nets are in the loser’s bracket and will play the Indiana Pacers Friday at 4 p.m. ET. This game will end Brooklyn’s 2018 Summer League and the Nets are hoping to get a win before heading home. Now, let’s get into the loss to the Rockets.
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The Brooklyn Nets were seeded 28th entering the game while the Houston Rockets were seeded at No. 5. The Nets starting lineup was a strong one; arguably the best lineup for them this Summer League.
This lineup for Brooklyn brought a strong shooting offense and a weak frontcourt defense. All of the starting five for Brooklyn have played well this Summer League, but have had trouble playing as a team.
The Houston Rockets, on the other hand, had a well-balanced lineup. To go along with their balanced lineup, Houston not only had size over Brooklyn, but heavy frontcourt offense.
Houston’s starting five not only came ready to pla,y but was also ready to unload on Brooklyn’s weak frontcourt presence.
Overall, Brooklyn did not play well on either end of the floor. They were sloppy with the ball and commonly showed signs of laziness. Brooklyn never had a lead in the game. Houston not only controlled Brooklyn’s tempo on the offensive end, but tore them apart on the defensive end.
Now, not everything was bad on Brooklyn’s part. We do have to remember this is Summer League basketball. Brooklyn did not have its eyes on winning. The main goal was for players to prove they are ready to take their talents to the NBA or G-League level.