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Hollinger Down on Nets Again

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Last year, ESPN's John Hollinger correctly predicted the Nets' 41-41 record--but missed wide when he said the Celtics would win the Atlantic. Now, the bane of Nets' fans is out with this year's prediction: 39-43 and out of the playoffs. The Nets, he says, "just weren't that good" and this year will put "the Nets-as-contenders myth to bed". Big Three? None are in his Top 20 players. His colleague Marc Stein's power ranking is kinder, but not much.