Brooklyn Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn has been a stickler on holding himself accountable if the Nets do not perform to expectations and Wednesday was more of the same. Though one could argue that the coach can only do so much to help his players perform well, Vaughn still took responsibility for Brooklyn not showing up against the Boston Celtics.
In Wednesday's 139-96 loss to Boston, the Nets were out of sorts from the opening tip. Boston got out to a great start and combined with Brooklyn's nightmarish start, Wednesday's game got out of hand in a hurry. The Celtics led 46-16 at the end of the first quarter and the game got worse from there.
Despite Brooklyn cutting Boston's lead to 22 points in the second quarter, the Nets were unable to lower the deficit even more thanks to Boston not slowing down at any point. Brooklyn did itself no favors by not running efficient or defending at an adequate level and Vaughn reacted to the poor effort in his postgame availability:
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Story originally appeared on Nets Wire