It seems like almost every team going up against the Nets, especially the ones who come in having struggled in their last few games or so, always seem to gain an extra boost of confidence. It's like these opposing teams get jolted with some kind of energy when they know that they're about to face the Nets. Let's take the Rockets game for example. Before that matchup, Houston was on a losing streak and had just lost their point guard for the night due to illness. Yeah the Nets were without D-Will, but still it was considered a winnable game and both teams didn't have a legit go-to player. Houston came out with the win, unfortunately, because they were able to take advantage of the opportunities presented to them late in the final seconds of the game (of course, costly Net turnovers and horrible shot selections). Looking at Houston now, they're currently on a 2-game losing streak and are half a game away from reliquishing their 8th spot to the resurging Suns.
Next, there are the worst team in the West in the Hornets. No Gordon, no Okafor and yet they manage to pull off a win where D-Will and newly acquired Gerald Wallace are playing in the game. And just recently the Cavaliers, who had just traded away a key piece of their roster and was coming into Newark having loss 3 straight games. Nets, with a good lineup on paper and surrounded with good veterans, gets outschooled by TWO rookies. As a result, they're now 7 games in back of the 8th seeded Knicks.
And this may be a bit off-topic, but I'm going to bring up the fact that the Nets always allow d-leaguer type players and rookie-type players to have career games against them. I've counted as least 5 of them in this season alone and I am absolutely SICK OF IT. These type of players go against other teams and they're just role players at best with no real impact on the boxscore. They go up against the Nets and they play as if they're all-stars or veterans that have been in the league for a while that was just waiting for their moment to catch a team slipping. So annoying to say the least, but I guess it's part of the game (sadly).
Unless some kind of miracle happens, the Nets are NOT making the playoffs and that pick they traded away could turn out to be a key loss if D-Will decides to leave. I don't know about you guys, but I am SICK and TIRED of our franchise experiencing curses and bad luck like we have been for quite a while. Hopefully, moving to Brooklyn changes the whole dynamic of this entire franchise and all the bad experiences we've witnessed in New Jersey will STAY in New Jersey with nothing but good charm rubbing on the team in New York for the future. Go Nets!!