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    When a defense slips significantly coaches frequently refer to it as slippage. Andrew Miller Jersey .Lately, the Brooklyn Nets have used the term frequently when discussing their many defensive ailments.Practice time has been limited but the Nets will have had two days to see if drills carry over into a game setting Wednesday night when they host the Boston Celtics and attempt to end an ugly four-game losing streak.Were plugging holes right now defensively, leaking in different places, coach Kenny Atkinson said. Were going to have to regroup, get some practice time, get some film time, get our principles back. I keep talking about slippage. Weve slipped.Brooklyn is allowing 113.3 points per game overall but in this skid, the Nets have allowed 126.2 points per game and no fewer than 27 points in the 12 quarters. Besides the points, the Nets allowed opponents to shoot at least 50 percent in three of those games and are among the worst defensive teams in shooting percentage and other areas.Its been consistent for the past four games. Its just different teams, but weve been the same, center Brook Lopez said. A lot of its the same. Its not any one person, glaringly obvious. Its just team-wide, whatever it is. I dont think you can fault our effort or energy. ... Its a team-wide situation we need to figure out.The slippage has resulted in Brooklyn allowing at least 120 points in four straight games for the fifth time in its NBA history. The last occurrence was Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 1990, when the New Jersey Nets allowed an average of 123 points in losses at Phoenix, Denver, Golden State and the Los Angeles Lakers.The Nets also have allowed 120 points or more in five games this season. It is two shy of last years total when the Nets ranked 24th in points allowed per game and 29th in defensive rating and one shy of the 2014-15 total, though three of those games reached overtime.Compounding the sub-par defense is inconsistent offense.While the Nets are among the leaders in possessions (102.2) per game, they have an offensive rating (104.1) that is in the bottom 10th of the league. It is because the Nets are shooting 44 percent overall and 32.5 percent from 3-point range, numbers that place them in the bottom third of the league.The latest inconsistency on offense occurred during Sundays 129-109 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Lopez made his first seven shots when the Nets scored 64 points in the first half but Brooklyn shot 26 percent in the second half.Meanwhile, the Celtics have won two in a row after rallying from 15 down for Mondays 99-93 victory at Minnesota.Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points for the 13th time by totaling nine of his 29 in the final five minutes. Al Horford scored 20 points after getting the game-winner Saturday at Detroit and has 38 points since returning from missing nine games with a concussion.The Celtics lost five times in Horfords absence but it gave coach Brad Stevens an opportunity to look at his depth. It was on display Monday when the Celtics received 16 of their 31 bench points in the fourth quarter.Boston scored 17 straight points to open the fourth when reserve Terry Rozier scored eight of his 12 points.When we get in, we got to either pick up where the first team left off or we got to even play harder than that, Rozier said. We had a team meeting not too long ago and thats one of the things we said. When we got in there, we just play hard. A lot of credit goes to Al, too, working hard. Just a lot of things, everything worked in our favor once we played hard.The one negative from Monday was Jae Crowder sitting out the final 16 minutes with left ankle pain. It is the same injury that kept him out for eight games and he might sit out Wednesday. If Crowder sits, Marcus Smart could get the start.Smart averaged 10 points in Crowders place and also was credited for sparking Bostons comeback by calling the team out for lack of effort at the end of the third.Really it all started at the end of the third, Marcus Smart calling out all of us, Horford told reporters.The Celtics took the first meeting on Oct. 26 in Boston when Thomas had 25 points and nine assists in a 122-117 win. Boston has won six of the last nine meetings. Robinson Cano Jersey . But by the time the game started, the Toronto Raptors forward felt even worse. And, for three quarters, it showed as Gay shot a woeful three-for-13 from the field. Ichiro Suzuki Jersey .C. Lions has come to an end. Banks told TSN on Jan 2 that he had no interest in playing out the option year of his contract with the Lions in 2014, and he again made that clear in a conversation with Lions GM Wally Buono last week. . The news was first reported on Gonzalezs Twitter account and confirmed by the Rockies. Gonzalez has a six-week window before position players have their first workout at spring training in Arizona. Axed Melbourne City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen says hes not about to throw his toys out of the A-League cot after being demoted for Dean Bouzanis.Since a round one red card in Wellington, the legendary Danish gloveman has started each of Citys games on the bench.Its never a pleasant feeling for a goalkeeper to give up the starting position but Sorensen - ever the professional - is knuckling down, not fussing about.Thats football, he said on Wednesday.Im not going to sit down and cry over it. Im just going to work hard, support the team and hope theyll be an opportunity around the corner.I hate seeing players that are disappointed and trying to stir things up. I dont want to be that guy.As I had Deans support when I was playing, he has my support.The 41-year-old is in a similar situation to his counterpart at parent club Manchester City, Joe Hart.The England No.1 was told by incoming coach Pep Guardiola that he didnt suit his preferred sweeper-keeper role, leading to Harts loan move to Italian club Torino.The trickle-down of ideas between the two City Football Group-owned clubs shuffled Sorensen down coach John van t Schipss pecking order. Yogi Berra Jersey. Were trying to go the Manchester City route and play a lot out from the back, Sorensen said.Thats the managers choice.The coach has some ideas about the way were going to play.Im old school. I know my limitations but its not like I cant fit in. Ive proven that.To be fair to Dean hes really good in that area.(Van t Schip) wants to see Dean in that role short term and well see how we end up.Sorensen did reappear in Citys goal last week against Western Sydney, after Bouzanis suffered an oblique muscle strain and was forced off at half-time.Bouzanis is expected to resume his role as first-choice goalkeeper on Sunday for the visit of Wellington Phoenix, but Sorensen remains hopeful his number could be called.Thats what Ive been told. Its not like Ive been put in the bin, he laughed.We dont tend to get a starting line up until the day before or the day of the game (and) I always prepare myself as if Im going to start.I dont know what the managers plans are but Ill be ready. Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Jerseys 2018 Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Jerseys From China ' ' '
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