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Nets’ Mikal Bridges on overtime loss to Trail Blazers: ‘wasn’t getting stops’

NEW YORK — Despite having the appropriate personnel, the Brooklyn Nets have not been a good defensive team all season. While they have been able to balance that out by being one of the better offensive teams in the league, it looks like the defensive struggles are starting to catch up to them.

“Just wasn’t getting stops,” Nets guard Mikal Bridges said after Sunday’s 134-127 overtime loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Bridges put up 42 points, four rebounds, and three assists to tie for the second-highest scoring game for him this season. Despite his offensive explosion, Bridges shared the same issue with his teammates in that Brooklyn’s defense was awful.

“That’s what came down to,” Bridges explained. “Just not getting stops. Had a turnover in there, but just just not getting stops.” The Nets played well on the offensive end as they generated 29 assists on 46 made field-goals while shooting 50.5% from the field and 37.8% from three-point land. However, they allowed the Trail Blazers to shoot 47.4% from the floor and 52.6% from deep while making 20 three-point shots.

Two of the main issues for Brooklyn’s defense this season has been defending opposing ball-handlers at the point of attack and defending the three-point line. Both weaknesses came to bite them against Portland. Trail Blazers lead guard Anfernee Simons had 38 points and 11 assists and once he found his rhythm, the Nets had no answer for him.

Story originally appeared on Nets Wire