The Nets were outscored in each and every one of the four quarters, including being outscored 34-18 in the third.
After the game, Nets guard Joe Johnson was extremely frustrated with the way the team played, lamenting how Brooklyn does not seem to have any identity on offense.
[sny-box]"Offensively, we don't really have an identity. We throw it down to Brook [Lopez in the low post] pretty much, and when there's nothing there, we put him in a lot of tough positions. We just basically sit and watch. [...] Without us doing a lot of movement and cutting, we make everybody's job hard."[/sny-box]
Not only did the Nets shoot under 40% from the field, with a putrid 25.0% mark from three-point territory, they also allowed the intracity rival Knicks to shoot 57.1% from the field, including 59.3% from behind the arc.
Lopez took a team-high 18 shots from the field, going 9-of-18 for a game-high 24 points. Joe Johnson, meanwhile, couldn't get anything going offensively, as he shot just 4-of-15 (26.7%) from the field. It was the worst shooting performance of the season for Johnson in a game in which he took more than 10 shots from the field.
With Deron Williams and Paul Pierce out of the lineup, the Nets have had to lean on JJ more than usual. Johnson is averaging a team-high 33.5 minutes per game, and he's the only Net who has started every game this season. There hasn't been much time to rest either, as backup shooting guard Alan Anderson starts at small forward.
Regardless, it's obvious to anybody watching Brooklyn play lately that they don't seem to have any consistent offensive philosophy, and it puts a lot of pressure on the players to figure things out on the fly. The Nets keep preaching "it's a process," but the process needs a defined goal. Otherwise, what are they even doing out there?