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Washington Wizards Prove That Brooklyn Nets Are Not Contenders Just Yet

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The word loyalty in sports means nothing anymore. Just because you are a future Hall of Fame player and one of the game’s all-time leaders, that does not mean you can’t be demoted.

The season is still young and he still has time to turn things around, but at 37-years old, Kevin Garnett doesn’t have much turning left. He has stunk up the basketball court since the season started. His latest stink-fest against the Washington Wizards cost the Brooklyn Nets the game.

Nene Hilario is a good player but not as dominant as he once was while playing for the Denver Nuggets. He took Garnett to school with a barrage of post moves and pump fakes. Garnett shot 2-of-11 with six rebounds and five fouls in 24 minutes of action. To put it simply, Garnett needs to give his starting position to Andray Blatche (10 points and 13 rebounds).

The Wizards remind me of a younger version of the Nets. They have the lighting-quick point guard in John Wall, the great shooter in Bradley Beal and a nice inside presence with Marcin Gortat. They have the potential to be really good this year as long as they stay healthy.

This was a must-win game for the Nets on the road and they blew it again. This loss has to sting the players because the game would have been won if Brook Lopez had decided to block out his man from getting to the offensive rebound.

A team of veterans players should not have a game where they commit more turnovers (25) than assists (23). They also need to find a way to generate more fast-break points (11) and get their shooters in a better position to hit the 3-point shot (6-of-24, 25 percent). This was a winnable game that they let slip away and that has to hurt to the core.

The effort is there but only in spurts. This is when Jason Kidd has to take command and make the necessary changes for his team to be competitive on a regular basis. His first order of business should be to put Garnett on the bench for Blatche.

Mark Wilson is a Brooklyn Nets writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter , “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google