Remember when you'd be able to circle games and mark it as a premature "W" just because you were confident that the Nets would find a way?
Those days are over.
Sunday afternoon, the Nets found another way to lose its 20th game of the season and fifth straight, 100-85, to the young and inexperienced Minnesota Timberwolves.
But the young and inexperienced Timberwolves simply out-matched the unprepared and stagnant Brooklyn Nets. The young, but athletic Wolves picked apart the Nets' weaknesses in every facet of the game.
The first quarter foreshadowed the rest of the game. Brook Lopez was 4-of-5, while the rest of the Nets were 2-of-16. It got ugly.
Brook Lopez torched the Wolves all game and finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists on 8-of-11 shooting in 40 mintues. The Wolves would double and even triple team Lopez every time he touched the ball. Lopez, an improved passer this season, would dish out to an open perimeter player just to be fighting for another offensive rebound after the shot went up. The Nets (5-of-21) showed why they're the league's worst three-point shooting team and it's not helping Brook one bit.
The Nets only lead of the night was 2-0. They trailed the rest of the way and eventually fell down by 20 in the fourth quarter.
The young guns of Minnesota displayed their dominance over the slow and stagnant Nets. Karl-Anthony Towns owned the paint with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Andrew Wiggins (16 points), Gorgui Dieng (20 points, 10 rebounds), and Ricky Rubio (15 assists) all showed the Brooklyn Nets organization why rebuilding through the draft is usually the only way you form a power horse for the future.
Watching the Wolves was also a sad realization of where the Nets and Joe Johnson really are. Joe Johnson finished with four points on 2-of-10 shooting. Formerly known as Joe ‘Jesus', the Nets' maxed-out veteran is now 10 of his last 38 in the last four games. It's come to a point that we're celebrating his streak for consecutive games with a field goal. We're holding on for him to score ONE field goal!
Jarrett Jack was right there with Joe Johnson, finishing the night with four points on 2-of-9 shooting. He led the team with six assists, just one ahead of Brook Lopez.
People said before the season they wouldn't mind a losing team that fought. But to be as frank as can be after losing a fifth straight game, the disappointing losses seem inevitable due to effort and so many other things. If there's a 50/50 ball, why isn't anybody going down and getting dirty?
Something has to give. Nets fans deserve better.
They'll face the Bulls Monday night in Chicago in the second night of a back to back.
For more on the Minnesota Timberwolves, check them out at Canis Hoopus.
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