EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Move on, mind your business, nothing to see here ... isn't that what police tell the gathering crowds after an accident has been cleared?
But this is not that kind of accident. The pile-up of the New Jersey Nets goes on and on and on, and it attracts little to no crowd. Their 117-101 (
"I'm at a loss for explaining what's going on,'' said second-year guard
"We don't have any heart, we're lying down, we're weak.''
They'd entered that shameful second quarter on the crest of their most prolific opening period of the season and a promising 28-28 tie. From there, the Mavs sank their first five shots of the quarter and then 10 straight attempts to end the half. If not for
"Sometimes it's just about hustle,'' said backup interim coach
There have been more lessons than the Nets can keep straight. They were outscored 49-22 in the second quarter for their fifth straight loss by double figures. Over the first month, they'd put up more of a fight, starting with a 95-93 loss opening night at Minnesota and later an 81-80 loss in the last second at Miami to bookend a pair of losses by three points each to the 76ers, both at home and away. "What happens is it wears on you,'' said Barrise of the losing. "It's every day, or every other day.''
The shame of it is that the Nets shouldn't be nearly so bad as they've been made to look. For much of this streak, they've dressed eight healthy players. "We lost all of our shooters,'' said Nets president
The Nets fired non-interim coach
For this game, the Nets were missing
Vandeweghe was a development coach for the Mavs back when Nowitzki,
Some of that talent may be irredeemable, as exemplified by
Believe it or not, the Nets have an imminent 20-10 center in second-year big man
In the meantime, they still have 64 games and more than four harrowing months left in which to play them. Douglas-Roberts has been thinking about raising his voice to his teammates, because it's not like things can get any worse. "My emotions may take over,'' he said. "The smart thing is to keep it cordial and calm, but that's not really working."