Brooklyn Nets Cannot Afford Loss To Milwaukee Bucks

By Mike B. Ruiz
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Even the league-wide doormat Milwaukee Bucks will have no late Christmas present for the Brooklyn Nets to unwrap on Friday night.

At 6-22 and dead last in both the Eastern Conference and the entire NBA, the Bucks represent only one thing entering the Barclays Center — a potential disaster.

You would think this is the sort of team the plunging Nets would be eager to face off against having dropped their last four in a row, but you would be wrong.

The truth is the Nets have absolutely nothing to win and almost everything to lose in this matchup — another game in the standings as well as any last shreds of sanity and respectability they’re desperately trying to cling onto.

After all, what real positive can be taken away from beating the worst of the worst? They’ve earned that record for a reason. Playing well against them, even defeating them, isn’t exactly solving a Rubik’s cube in record-beating time.

On the flip side, however, the fallout that would result from losing to the Bucks would be merciless for the Nets. Brook Lopez or not, there is zero excuse to lose this game. And I can’t even begin to imagine how Jason Kidd or some of his players might react in a worst case scenario where another lifeless third quarter effort adds to Brooklyn’s total of truly pathetic defeats.

More than any other night, effort will be the deciding factor for the Nets. Milwaukee is one of the few teams that sports less confidence than them. The Nets play like professionals, and they’ll win this game.

If they don’t they better be prepared for a firestorm unlike any other they’ve faced all season.

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.

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