NBA Twitter reacts to Nets loss to Trail Blazers

The Brooklyn Nets have grown accustomed to poor starts, but despite battling an early road deficit in Portland on Monday night, it was a disastrous third quarterback that cost the Nets against a shorthanded Blazers team.

The Nets were without James Harden, who missed the game with hyperextension of his left knee. In his absence, Kyrie Irving played 40 minutes in his second appearance of the season, finishing with 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Rookie Cam Thomas – fresh off his winner earlier this week – delivered a solid performance off the bench with 21 points in 26 minutes.

A Nic Claxton dunk seconds into the third quarter gave Brooklyn a nine-point lead, but the Blazers came back with a bang, passing the Nets 32-19 in the quarter to lead 87-81 by the end of the third. The Nets defense couldn’t stop Anfernee Simons, Ben McLemore and CJ Elleby in the fourth quarter, and Portland held on for a surprise 114-108 win.

Here’s what fans and analysts were saying about Monday’s game.

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