City Sports Report

Brooklyn’s Barclays Center struggles continue


The Brooklyn Nets are 9-10 on the road thus far on the NBA season, which isn’t spectacular, but is among the top seven teams in the Eastern Conference.  If the Brooklyn Nets played well at home, they would most certainly have one of the better records in the conference.  Unfortunately, the Nets have not played well at home.

At 8-14 on the herring bone courts of Barclays Center, there are only four teams in the entire conference with worse home records.  Among the tough home losses thus far this season were games to the  Minnesota Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers, overtime losses to the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics, and most recently, back-to-back home losses to two cellar dwellers of the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers.

Losers of eight out of nine, the team is frustrated, which can certainly be evidenced by the incident between former NBA Most Valuable Player and future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett, and Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets.  Unfortunately, what started out as a minor incident, ended up with an enraged Garnett being ejected from last week’s game, which was followed by another home loss.

Nets head coach Lionel Hollins spoke about the incident after the game.  “They said it didn’t look like Howard threw a punch.  They said it was a half punch or openhanded.  It wasn’t much of a punch in their mind when they looked at it.”  Asked what he thought of the referees’ decision to eject Garnett, but not Howard, Hollins responded “it doesn’t matter if I do or not, that’s the decision that was made and we all have to live with it.”

Houston Rockets head coach, a former NBA player and Hall of Famer who was involved in many battles during his career, also discussed the incident.  “I really didn’t think too much of it.  I was watching, but I really didn’t think it was that big of a deal…in the good old days, that was a play on.  Now, they throw people out.  I didn’t think it was that big of a deal.”

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