City Sports Report

Brooklyn Nets have become walking wounded


On Friday, January 2, 2015, the Brooklyn Nets stood at 16-16 after defeating the Orlando Magic and had won six out of seven games.  Less than four weeks later, the team is struggling on and off the court.

Brooklyn has lost 10 out of their last 12, and have lost those games in many different varieties.  They lost a tough overtime game to the Dallas Mavericks in overtime at home, and most a tough game in Miami to the Heat by four, but they have also lost to bottom feeders of the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers.  Worse, after winning their first game on their three-game road trip out west, the Nets were embarrassed in back-to-back games getting pummeled by the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz, giving up a combined 231 points, losing by a combined 64 points.

The struggles follow the Nets off the court as well.  Sharpshooter Mirza Teletovic is out for the season after being diagnosed with blood clots after experiencing breathing problems, and Deron Williams, the former All-Star who has struggled with various injury problems, has been out since January 7, 2015, with an injury to his ribs, and this is no timetable for his return.

Surprisingly, the Nets are only a half-game out of the playoffs in a mediocre Eastern Conference, and if they can get a healthy Williams back while continuing to manage the health of center Brook Lopez, the team should have enough talent to make it to the playoffs.  As an eight or even seven seed, they would almost certainly be eliminated in the first round, and with a roster filled with talented players, would once again finish a season being looked upon as underachievers.

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