The return of Brook Lopez was not enough to help the Brooklyn Nets escape this disastrous slump they are currently in.
What was once seen as a powerful team entering the season is now a powerless unit that opposing teams have to be salivating over when they see the Nets on the schedule. The Houston Rockets were supposed to be the team in question with chemistry issues trying to blend Dwight Howard together with James Harden and their fast-paced offense. As has been the story of the season, the Nets got off to a terrible start but couldn’t find the strength to fight back as they did against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jason Kidd sat his starters for the entire second half with the exception of Lopez, but that didn’t seem to spark the team either. Kevin Garnett didn’t play due to rest, and the way the other starters played they might as well have taken the night off, too. The defense for the Nets is terrible, and that is me being kind with my choice of words.
The season is lost in terms of potential unless a miracle happens, but in terms of reaching the playoffs the Nets still sit only two games back in the dreadful East. At this point I don’t know what is better for them going forward: making the playoffs and trying to save face on this season or missing it altogether and starting the beginning stages of a rebuild.
After the game against the Rockets the Nets and their fans have to be wondering if playing the rest of the season is even worth it at this point.