After a great start to the season in which I, along with other Nets writers and fans, believed they had turned the page and actually became a good team. Then this week happened. The hopes for the Nets coming into this season was, maybe they aren’t the most talented team in the league but they have enough to do what the Bobcats did last year and have a good regular season along with making the playoffs.
Fast forward to Wednesday November 3rd, where they hosted the Charlotte Bobcats. The Nets took a 10 point lead into the 4th quarter, in which they squandered it completely, fouled DJ Augustin with 20 seconds left, and preceded to have Outlaw take the final shot, in which he missed, twice. A very bad home loss to say the least, but if the Nets could steal one of the next two all could be forgiven.
Friday comes rolling around, where they travel to Orlando and Miami the next day for a mini-vacation and the Southern Florida Club Crawl ( Since everyone calls the road trip to the Texas, the Texas Two-Step, I believe Florida deserves it’s own nickname now.) Game 1 vs. Orlando and Dwight Howard, with Brook Lopez trying to show that he is the 2nd best Center in the East and not that far behind Dwight. Apparently, Dwight Howard was thinking the same thing and showed the incredible distance between him and the next best Center. Howard had 30 points and 16 rebounds while Lopez had 10 points 5 rebounds and was held to 3-17 shooting, just an utter annihilation. Perhaps, Lopez should be battling Andrew Bogut for the honor of 2nd best Center, and stop trying to prove himself vs Dwight Howard in his prime. Even with the mismatch, the Nets led at halftime and were up by double digits in the game. Then by the end of the third quarter, Magic up 13, the game was pretty much over.
Now the Nets had to finish the Southern Florida Club Crawl with a game against the Miami Heat, coming off a loss. The last thing the Nets needed was a last second loss by the Heat the game before. The game wasn’t much of a game. Any viewer could see that anything the Heat wanted to do, they would do it anytime. This was the best game statistically for the Superstar Two also featuring Chris Bosh. The Heat won easily and the Nets went from a two game winning streak to a four game losing streak.
Anthony Morrow and Derrick Favors were the only two this past week that impressed. Favors is doing a solid job coming off the bench, rebounding very well, running in transition, and scoring the ball but not forcing too many shots. Morrow had 25 against the Heat, and gives the Nets a good 3-point shooter for the future.
The upcoming games for the Nets are a home and away with the Cleveland Cavs, and then a home game vs Dwight Howard and the Magic. We’ll see how it plays out this time. If the Nets can’t win one of the two games against the Cavs, then it might be time for Nets fans to start looking at which college prospect they want the Nets to draft next year.
About the Author
Written by Bennett Snyder
Recently graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism. I have been a sports fan since before I could speak. While every kids dream of making it to the professional level didn't work out for me, I still have a strong desire to be around sports 24/7. I was born and live in Philadelphia, but spent most of my life in central New Jersey, so this tri-state area of NJ/NY/PA is my forte. If you have any questions you would like to ask just email me, no matter which sport, because i follow them all except golf and nascar.