Just when you thought things couldn't get much worse for the Brooklyn Nets, they get embarrassed on their home court, 111-91, against the New Orleans Pelicans and have three players injured, one perhaps seriously.
Their pursuit of a playoff spots diminishes by the game.
The Nets were outscored 55-34 in the second and third quarters and trailed by 17 heading into the fourth quarter. It wasn't just a regular loss though. This was actually a sad game to watch. The lack of heart and fight the Nets displayed in front of their home crowd was plainly evidence. The boo-birds were out as early as the third quarter when they trailed by 17 and shot 6-of-24 in the quarter.
They look like they gave up.
To make matters worse, Sergey Karasev, given a chance to play late, injured his knee and had to be carried off following a collision under the basket. Early indications was that the 6'7" Russian severely sprained his knee. Further testing will be done Wednesday to determine if he suffered any tears to ligaments. Ligament damage would almost assuredly end his season.
In fact, Tim Walsh was a busy guy all night.
In the second quarter, Alan Anderson fell hard on his tailbone and was deemed out for the rest of the game.
Then in the third quarter, Markel Brown landed awkwardly on his ankle and wouldn't return after Walsh had to walk him off the court. X-Rays came out negative.
They're now 11-19 at home which is the seventh worst in the NBA and continue to slide down the Eastern Conference. They also finish the five-game home stand 1-4, with the one win coming against the NBA's best team. Prior to the loss, they were 2.5 games out of eighth.
To make matters worse, Brooklyn's formerly star-studded backcourt of Joe Johnson and Deron Williams -- who will make a combined $43 million this season -- scored 18 combined points on 6-of-19 shooting.
Brook Lopez scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds in the first half. He looked great. But, alas, NBA games are 48 minutes -- not 24 -- and Brook finished the game the same way he did in the first half with 15 points, but three more rebounds to end with nine on the night.
It was the same story for Thaddeus Young, who scored eight points on 3-of-6 shooting in the first quarter, but finished the night with 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting.
Anthony Davis was somewhat contained considering his standards. He did however finish the night with 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots. His big man counterpart in Omer Asik was the start for New Orleans with 12 points, 15 rebounds and one block.
The Pelicans shot 50% from the field and an incredible 57% from three (12-21). The Nets on the other hand shot 40% from the field and 35.7% from three. New Orleans dished out 29 assists, grabbed 10 steals and turned the ball over just 11 times.
They were the better team and it wasn't even close.
The Brooklyn Nets will face off against the Miami Heat tomorrow night in Miami. They trail by three games for the eighth seed in the East and with the season spiraling out of control, the hope is minimal at best.
For more on the Pelicans, check them out at The Bird Writes.
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