The Brooklyn Nets may have finished the out-west portion of their current circus road trip with a 3-2 record, but upon closer examination, they didn’t accomplish anything profoundly encouraging. Nothing that signifies even greater improvement post-All-Star break.
Rarely will I attempt to focus on the negative after a five-game span that results in three victories, but this recent trip qualifies as one of the seldom occurrences when disappointment was all that stood out to me.
Recent road wins over the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets may have counted as much as any win in this league would, but losses against the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers gave out painful screams for a number of reasons.
While Utah, Denver and Los Angeles all sit below .500 and have what seem like an endless amount of questions moving forward, Golden State and Portland find themselves in the exact opposite boat. Although the Nets defeated the Warriors, who are currently 36-23, back in Brooklyn on Jan. 8, defeating them in Oakland would’ve made an enormous statement, especially since their home court can be one of the most hostile environments around.
The same goes for their loss to the 40-18 Blazers, but what made it even worse, however, was that it was a 120-84 clunker. Oh, and since the Nets haven’t been victorious against Portland in two meetings this season, this loss was all the more discouraging.
These games were opportunities for the Nets to show what they’re really made of on the road against two very strong teams, and they failed. Those two big disappointments overshadow the three other wins that they expected and did pick up.