That 2-0 start seems like a distant memory at this point. Now, the New Jersey Nets have lost 5 in a row after the surprising start. Each loss there seems to be a different reason why the loss has happened. Tonight it was the Cleveland bench. The Cavs bench scored 52 points while the Nets bench only had 15 points. In the end the Nets only loss 93-91 and gave a good effort but the matter of fact is that in the NBA you must protect your home court. Unless it is the Heat, Lakers, Celtics or one of the other top tier teams that is just superior in talent, the home court games are crucial for the team to win. A loss to the post-LeBron Cleveland Cavs is in fact, a horrible loss. Luckily for the Nets, they get to avenge this loss quickly because they play the Cavaliers in Cleveland tomorrow night.
On the bright side, Travis Outlaw showed some talent tonight and had 27 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Nets. Devin Harris had a solid game with 18 points and 6 assists, but Nets fans might be getting worried because the last few games for Brook Lopez have been mediocre at best. Lopez had 16 points and 8 rebounds along with3 blocks, but he is still struggling to shoot and it’s not like the Cavs have a good inside presence. It is one thing to struggle against D-Howard but its something completely different to struggle against Varejao and Hickson. Sometimes you just have bad shooting nights, and it could be as simple as that. One thing is for sure, they need to win the road game tomorrow against Cleveland to make up for the bad loss tonight. If this trend continues, then Nets fans should start watching the UNC games, and some high school tape of Harrison Barnes, to hope and pray the Nets can land him because the team they have right now just isn’t cutting it. Don’t get me wrong, they have some clear talent you want to keep but giving Jordan Farmer a decent sized contract, in the off season, to back up Devin Harris is not the type of progress Nets fans are looking for.
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.