Devin Harris calls team-only meeting

Updated: December 15, 2010, 3:15 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com

New Jersey Nets veteran point guard Devin Harris' frustration boiled over into the locker room after Tuesday night's 82-77 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers at the Prudential Center.

Clearly upset with the way he and his teammates played, Harris decided to call a team-only meeting to express his frustrations.

"It's just frustrating, because I know we can do it," Harris said after the Nets (6-19) shot just 34.1 percent from the floor and ended up losing their season-high eighth consecutive game in a row. "And we've had this formula we had all season long. At some point in the game, we're gonna go down 10. And we have it in our heads that we can always come back against these teams and that's not the case.

"We need to jump out on these teams and really put them back on their heels, but it's like we walk into a fight and we catch the first three punches before we realize what's going on. It's happened every single game -- and we can't play like that. We have to come out really swinging. ... We do it in practice ... but we're not having any carryover into the game."

In all, the Nets made just 28 of 82 shots they attempted -- including 4-of-13 from 3-point range.

"Devin brought up a lot of valid points," said center Brook Lopez, who scored a team-high 16 points. "He told me I need to be more aggressive. Just assert more energy on the floor.

"[It was really] just our overall energy in general. Anthony [Morrow] watched on TV and said we looked slow getting into our plays in the half court, we just didn't look like we have any electricity when we're out there as a team."

Nets head coach Avery Johnson was pleased with the way his team played defensively. On the other hand, their stagnant effort on the offensive end prompted a different response.

"Defensively, if you told me we'd hold them to 41 percent shooting and we'd hold them to 82 points, we'd outrebound them 51-36 ... I'd say it would probably be a win for us," Johnson said.

"But the flip side of it is, we can't drop it in the ocean."

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPN New York.com.

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