Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce was frustrated after his team’s 100-95 Game 2 loss at Toronto on Tuesday (April 22), calling his their effort “soft.”
During the game, Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan exploded for 30 points, 17 of which came in the fourth quarter. Pierce called out the Nets’ defense… and failure to contain him.
“I thought guys stuck to their man individually for the most part and didn’t help one another and that is the big part of our defense,” the NBA vet explained. “Sink and shrinking the floor, locking down the paint, tonight too many touches for them in the paint, too many paint points, and we didn’t rebound.
“We gave them everything they wanted, 50 points in the paint, and  offensive rebounds,” Pierce added. “We were a soft team tonight.”
Despite dropping the ball on the defensive end, Pierce had a chance to take the lead in the closing minute. Down 92-90, he put up a 3-point shot from the corner that missed with 24.9 seconds remaining.