Kevin Garnett had nothing to say Monday night after the Nets’ demoralizing loss to the Trail Blazers. When the star forward finally opened up a day later, it wasn’t pretty.

The battered Nets are expected to get a boost Wednesday night in Charlotte with the return of point guard Deron Williams, who has missed the last two games with a sprained ankle. But will that be enough for a team that Garnett said is dealing with “multiple issues” that need to be corrected “on the fly?”

Garnett was in a talkative and reflective mood on Tuesday, a day after the Nets dropped to 3-7 and he skipped out on the media. His word to describe the current state of the Nets?

“Dismal,” Garnett said at the team’s East Rutherford facility following a practice that lasted more than two hours. That account seemed to trump Paul Pierce’s depiction of the Nets as being “angry” to find themselves in last place in the Atlantic Division. “No one’s happy about how we’re playing,” Garnett said. “No one likes the current state but everybody’s willing and committed towards changing it.”

The Nets got off to a torrid start on Monday, setting season highs for points in a quarter (40) and in a half (63). But the team basically took off the third quarter in what’s been a disturbing trend this season. The Nets were outscored 27-15 in the period, shooting just 3-for-18, when a smattering of boos could be heard.

Garnett hit all six of his shots in the first quarter before going 2-for-13 the rest of the way. In all of the Nets’ losses this season, the team has been outscored in the third, fueling the idea that whatever is being said at halftime isn’t exactly spurring on the players. Nets coach Jason Kidd accepted the blame for Monday’s loss, saying it was “just bad coaching.” But the players didn’t buy that explanation. “The blame is on all of us, man,” Garnett said. “It’s not just on Jason. You can’t put the (expletive) all on him.”

The 108-98 loss to Portland prompted a long discussion among the players afterward in the locker room. Garnett described the players-only meeting as fiery and constructive and a session to air out frustrations.

“Obviously a part of it, a lot of it could have been frustration but it was immediate, just things that you thought you saw,” Garnett said of the meeting. “Right after the game, you’re fired up and still going with that same intensity and you’re speaking how you’re feeling. It’s team building.”

The Nets’ starting lineup has been in a state of flux because of injuries. Williams (left ankle), Brook Lopez (left ankle) and Andrei Kirilenko (back) all missed Monday’s game. While Garnett didn’t say if the meeting served as a kind of rallying cry for the team, it did further his belief in his teammates. “Well, I feel better about this group, man,” Garnett said. “We still haven’t been whole. We’re still dealing with different ailments.”

As for the Nets’ hopes to improve, he said a little cryptically: “We’re committed towards making this thing what it’s supposed to be and what it’s going to be and if not we’re going to die trying.”