In the first NBA.com "Rookie Ladder" rankings, written after the first two games of the summer league, Mason Plumlee is listed second among all rookies, ahead of Victor Oladipo! In those first two games, Plumlee averaged 16.5 points and 11.5 rebounds. Since then, he's averaged five and four. In the first two games, Plumlee shot 84.6 percent from the floor. In the last two, he's at 33 percent.
In other words, things are getting progressively worse.
The Nets found themselves down 25-6 to the Houston Rockets Thursday after the first quarter in their 4th Orlando Summer League game. A deficit too difficult for them to climb out of, falling to the Rockets 92-76, and dropping to 0-4 in Summer League play.
At the very least, in the second and third quarters Brooklyn showed more promise and poise, winning the each quarter in what can only be called "minor victories."
Jason Kidd was on hand for this one but the team handed the reins over to assistant coach Eric Hughes. He caused a minor stir when he left the court to take a phone call.
The Nets, to their credit did fight back in this one, but, again, it was too big of a deficit to climb. Overall they shot 36 percent from the floor and 27 percent from the three-point line. They're now shooting less than 30 percent from deep. On the bright side, they only turned the ball over 17 times, which was a huge improvement from yesterday's performance when they gave up 22.
Damion James played well, scoring 15 points in 36 minutes on 5-of-11 shooting, while Tyshawn Taylor went for 15 points, 7 assists and 4 turnovers.
Taylor had a minor scare late in the second quarter when it looked like his right knee buckled after he finished a fastbreak attempt. He hobbled off the court, but returned in the second half.
Brooklyn will play one more game in the "championship tournament" round, but I think I speak for most Nets fans when I say, "I think we've seen enough already."
- Olynyk Leads Crop - Drew Packham - NBA.com
Rapid Reaction: Rockets 92, Nets 76 - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York