Beat reporter Al Iannazzone points out that the Nets are often not at their best when coming off a long break. To continue their winning ways, he says the Nets "may have to escape their past". He points out that three times during the Jason Kidd era, the team began a nosedive right after the All-Star break. And this week-long layoff is just as long as that mid-season break. Speaking of the All-Star break, Richard Jefferson believes he's a candidate for a February trip to Houston, but his first concern is the team.