The Brooklyn Nets have been playing better basketball under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, but have dropped two in a row after having problems defending the paint. The outlook for the Orlando Magic appears much worse, as they've lost five straight heading into a five-game road trip.
Brooklyn will try to shore up its interior defense Monday night when it goes for a four-game season sweep of the Magic, who have been shut down in the first three meetings.
The Nets (26-18) won 12 of their first 14 after firing former coach Avery Johnson, but are now coming off their first back-to-back losses under Carlesimo. The new coach was perfectly blunt in his assessment of Brooklyn's losses at Memphis and Houston on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
"We've done a horrible job defending the other team's center," he told the team's official website.
Brooklyn was outscored 60-24 in the paint in a 119-106 loss to the Rockets, one night after the Grizzlies had a 62-40 edge in that area en route to ...