From The Other Side: The Anatomy of Brooklyn’s Blowout Loss in Washington

Truth About It is a blog that primarily focuses on all things Washington Wizards. We have media credentials and that access allows for up-close coverage of games, practices, and other activities, irreverent and otherwise. But occasionally we use that access to explore what’s going on with the opposing team. We call this segment, “From The Other Side,” and in today’s installment, @rashad20 focuses on the visiting Brooklyn Nets.

On Thursday night, while the Washington Wizards rested, the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Phoenix Suns, 126-98. That win allowed the Nets to achieve three significant season milestones: Their largest win (28 points), their first win streak (two), and the first time in franchise history they had six bench players score in double figures.

Brooklyn trailed Phoenix by 10 points after the first quarter, then head coach Kenny Atkinson called timeout to yell, scream and throw a clipboard to emphatically implore his team to play with passion and a bit more effort. The Nets responded by outscoring the Suns 104 to 66 the remainder of the game. Message received.

After the game, Atkinson had a choice: Do we travel south to Washington, D.C., arrive late, have a shootaround in the morning, and take the traditional path NBA teams follow when they have back-to-back games; or do we sleep in our own beds, wake up early, and travel to D.C. on the day of the game? He chose the latter.

Six minutes into their tilt against the Wizards, Atkinson’s travel decision appeared to be a stroke of genius. The Nets led 11-4 on the road, mainly thanks to five quick points by Jeremy Lin and careless decisions by John Wall (who, battling the effects of a migraine headache, was questionable to play entering the game) and Markieff Morris. But just as Atkinson had called timeout the previous night to stop his team’s substandard effort on both ends of the floor, Wizards…

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