(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) — So far, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett’s decision to leave the Boston Celtics in favor of the Brooklyn Nets has not worked out as the team is off to a 3-7 start.
On Monday, the Nets lost to the Portland Trail Blazers and after the game, Pierce vented his frustration.
“As competitors, we’re angry,” Pierce said. “Nobody likes to lose. Everybody in this group that we’re here with is very angry. Nobody’s happy about losing.”
During the offseason, the Nets acquired Pierce, Garnett, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko, and hired Jason Kidd as their head coach. The team was expected to compete for the title, but even the rebuilding Celtics have a better record at this point in the season. Team chemistry and injuries have also taken their toll early on.
Kidd has come under fire for his coaching, but Garnett defended the rookie coach.
“The blame is all of us man,” Garnett said. “It’s not just on Jason.”
Through 10 games, the Nets are 19th in the NBA in points per game and 23rd in points allowed per game.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN