The Nets want to wash away that bad taste left from Wednesday's loss to the Wizards.
Their defense was shredded by Washington, they were hurt on pick-and-rolls, gave up 12 3-pointers and allowed late scores. Jason Kidd, though, knows one way to significantly improve the team's defense against Philadelphia tonight.
"Rebound," Kidd said. "Just rebound the ball. That’s all. That closes the possession."
So now you know the Nets' mantra entering Philadelphia. They need to own the glass. During Washington's 113-107 win, the Wizards outrebounded the Nets 51-31, including grabbing 19 offensive rebounds. Washington had 23 second-chance points to the Nets' three. That is a killer.
Kidd needs to find a way to get Brook Lopez to rebound more. The 7-footer has been great at scoring, especially in the first half, but he needs to rebound. He has yet to register double-digits in rebounds in a game this season.
"Definitely, no question ... A lot of it is on me," Lopez said of rebounding. "It is just a matter of doing my job."
Lopez was particularly hard on himself about the Wizards' win. He blamed the Nets' pick-and-roll defensive struggles on himself. Kidd, though, says not to put all the blame on Lopez. And he says the rebounding issue is much bigger than Brook.
"It’s not [Lopez], it’s the team," Kidd said. "It’s not just one guy."
Yes, but wouldn't Kidd want to see his 7-foot All-Star average more than just 5.9 rebounds a game?
"We would like to be undefeated, so [there's that]," Kidd joked. "It is just not Brook. It is everybody. Gang rebounding. Team rebounding. It is about the team."
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What's next: The Nets face the Sixers for the second time this week at 7 p.m. in Philadelphia, but rookie sensation Michael Carter-Williams could play after being out with a knee issue.
Net fact: Lopez has been working on his free-throw shooting. Since shooting a season-worst 6-for-11 from the line against Memphis on Nov. 30, the center has hit 38-of-42 (90.5%) over his last six games. He buried 8-of-9 against Washington on Wednesday.
Net question: With the way Pierce is playing right now, should Kidd keep Pierce in his sixth-man role or put him back in the starting lineup?