Brooklyn Nets acquired Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry the feeling was that it would take time for the team to gel, especially under first year head coach Jason Kidd. But even the most pessimistic observer didn't think the Nets would start the season 4-11.
Garnett who has averaged 19 points per game throughout his hall of fame career is only averaging 6.7 points per game. Pierce scoring average is down from 21.7 for his career to just 13.1, and is shooting just 37% from the field. Kidd’s expression and demeanor on the sidelines has looked like a fish out of water at times.
It seems inconceivable that a team with this much experience on the floor has yet to win back to back games this season. The way the schedule sets up over the next few games it seems likely that this trend will continue.
For the next three games the Nets have two road games against the Rockets and Grizzlies before they travel back home to play the Denver Nuggets on December 3rd. Those teams have a combined record of 27-18. Adding to the Nets woes is their two best players Brook Lopez and Deron Williams have missed a combined 13 games.
The good news for the Nets is the rest of the division is struggling as well, as all five teams in the Atlantic Division have losing records. As it stands right now, the Nets are just 2.5 games out of first place. For that reason, despite the Nets struggles, it’s a little too early to panic. Pierce and Garnett will eventually find their rhythm and Lopez and Williams will return.
Despite a 4-11 record, Nets fans should have faith that the Nets will eventually get it together. With the roster turnover and injuries 15 games is not enough to get a heartbeat on this team. Give this team another 15 games to see if they can gel and turn the season around. Then if the Nets haven’t begun to play the type of basketball that was expected of them, then it’s time to press the panic button.
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