Joe Johnson slumped in Game 7, only scoring six points as the Nets were eliminated.
After all the money, all the hype, and all the expectations that came with owning home-court advantage in an NBA playoff series, Brooklyn’s inaugural season ended with a dud.
The Nets are counting on a true home-court advantage against the banged-up Bulls on Saturday night.
Now both Brooklyn and Chicago face do-or-die scenarios, and you would think that the Nets should have the momentum.
The most pressing matter for Brooklyn is trying to find a way to win in Chicago, something it hasn’t done this season. The Nets dropped both regular-season matchups there and lost Games 3 and 4.
Brook Lopez led the Nets with 22 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Nets lost 79-76 to the Bulls in Game 3. The Bulls are now up 2-1 in the series.
Joakim Noah feels like he’s running on needles and Joe Johnson can probably sympathize.
Pockets of empty seats at the Barclays Center. A healthy contingent of fans clad in the opponent’s colors. Was there supposed to be a playoff game in Brooklyn last night?
Strategically speaking, I can’t imagine a worse matchup — outside of Miami — for the Nets, who lost three of four to Chicago during the regular season.
Luol Deng scored a season-high 33 points in the Chicago Bulls’ third victory over New York this season, a 108-101 win Friday that sent the Knicks to their season-high third straight loss.
Bottled up by the Bulls and baffled by the officials, Carmelo Anthony expected to spend the final minutes of the Knicks’ loss alone in the locker room. Turns out the early exodus of Knicks was just beginning.
Knicks’ shooters went cold on Saturday night as the Bulls snapped the Knicks’ five-game winning streak.
What can you say about the Miami Heat? As they go through a string of playing 11 games in a row against teams with a .500 or (much) better record, they’ve fallen on their faces. They’re in deep trouble. How come?