The Los Angeles Lakers were short-handed going into the Barclays Center tonight against the Nets. No Metta World Peace, no Dwight Howard. Easy for the Nets to take care of this wounded, bumbling Lakers team, right?
Before Tuesday night’s game, the Brooklyn Nets were undefeated against sub -.500 teams before their loss to the Lakers (23-26). But their horrendous shooting–they could not buy a bucket–did them in. The Nets shot just 35 percent from the field. That coupled with Kobe Bryant’s take over gave the Nets very little chance to win.
Brooklyn’s backcourt played awful. Both Joe Johnson and Deron Williams had terrible night’s, shooting a combined 9-for-28 for 26 points.
Brooklyn did put up a fight, though. At one point, the Nets were down by 13 points early in the third quarter, but fought back to take a 60-59 lead. But, in the end, they could not slow down a typical fast-paced D’Antoni offense–something the Nets have struggled with the entire season.
While there is much speculation about Dwight Howard, who did not participate in tonight’s game, about him becoming a Net, current big-man Brook Lopez showed his worth. Lopez finished the night with 30 points, three blocks and 11 rebounds. But, unfortunately, that was not enough.
This Nets team is struggling. They’ve been having trouble beating the elite teams, and now playing terrible against a bad Lakers team doesn’t look to good for them. They started off hot when interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, but are now 14-6. Is it time to panic, Nets fans?