It's always possible that the effects of a disastrous collapse could linger, but with a veteran lineup, Jason Kidd has to hope that the team will spring back. After all, the team is still 10-2 in January.
Kidd will see just how resilient his team is, with back to backs against the best teams in the West, Oklahoma City and East, Indiana, this weekend. There'll be no room for error, any error, Friday and Saturday. There's also a home game next week against the Spurs (33-11).
Of course, there was a big positive coming out of Monday's loss. Paul Pierce's 33-point game was his highest scoring game since December 21 of 2012 when he scored 35 (after scoring 40 two nights earlier.) Pierce showed he still has gas left in his tank. And Kevin Garnett's defense has been extraordinary as well.
"When you’re a primary, plays are being called for you," said KG. "Not only that but you’re touching the ball, you’re in a rhythm. Then the mentality of a primary is different. We’re thinking like primaries, we’re out here trying to be aggressive. I think guys on the team are looking for us to be that."
Of course, Mirza Teletovic has been on a run as well, giving Kidd more weapons. But Joe Johnson, who looked like he was worth his contract a week ago has gone into a scoring funk. The Nets need him if they are going to make a dent in the schedule.
- Nets hope Deron Williams’ turnover in loss to Raptors isn’t a momentum killer - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Garnett, Pierce relish being Nets’ primary options - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- How is Mirza Teletovic getting so open? - Max Weisberg - The Brooklyn Game
- Joe Johnson has cooled off - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Raps coach: I knew Nets' plan - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York