“We have to go out there and play well. We have to figure out how to slow them down offensively and we’ve gotta figure out how to score against them.”
The only thing consistent about this team has been their inconsistency. Here’s one thing you can count on, though: On Wednesday, the Nets will be counted out.
Unfortunately, these are your 2014-15 Nets, folks. And if there’s one player who embodies the Brooklyn fans’ frustrations, it’s Jarrett Jack.
The Nets have come back from the abyss to now own their postseason destiny. They have three home games this week, two of which are winnable.
Now it’s not what will the Nets do if he decides to stay and keeps the team in luxury tax hell for another year, but how in the world can the Nets allow Lopez to leave if he opts out?
Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. This is the regret not of a mobster, but of a Brooklyn Nets fan.
The Nets were only trailing Utah, 78-75, with 5:45 remaining in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center Sunday night, but the ensuing substitution horn might as well have been a death knell.
NBA teams are prone to stinkers. They could occur at the tail end of a dense schedule. They could be a side effect of an injury bug. Or maybe one team is vastly superior to the other. In Wednesday’s case, it was none of the above.
No way Brooklyn wins Monday night’s game had it been played two weeks ago. Those Nets were a dying patient—old, slow and primed for burial even amongst the dreck that is the East.
In one night, Lionel Hollins and the Nets undid all those feel-good stories from their modest two-game winning streak coming out of the All-Star break.
Here come the small-ball lovers. “See–the Nets won two in a row by taking a page out of Kidd’s playbook. What irony!” Except they don’t realize that it can’t be sustained.
Zach Randolph had 19 points, Marc Gasol added 14 and 11 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies ruined the return of former coach Lionel Hollins with a 95-86 victory over the Brooklyn Nets
Even Lionel Hollins admitted that Wednesday’s win in Toronto meant a little more considering the venue. Unfortunately, all of this recent good work can be undone in a weekend.
This third season in Brooklyn is headed for epic failure. Even the best-case scenario has the Nets sneaking their way into the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs where the Hawks will surely send them home for good.
Like their cross-river rivals from Manhattan, the Nets are not anywhere near ready to perform for prime-time audiences, as indicated by Thursday’s horrific 123-84 loss to the Clippers on TNT.