And then there were 11 ... and four.
Days after the news broke that Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young would sit the rest of the season, the Nets announced that Willie Reed would not return due to "personal" reasons. So Sean Marks will evaluate the 11 remaining players -- examinees to Marks' examiner -- over the last four games of the season.
Other than the examination --and the news of Reed's departure, it was another meaningless night. The Nets struggled and lost their sixth straight game in a 121-103 collapse to the Washington Wizards, Wednesday night. With only four games left, it's hard to imagine the Nets will win again this season. If that's the case, they'll finish the season on a 10-game losing streak.
As you might have predicted, the Nets, 23rd in the NBA for points allowed, struggled to defend and Washington made them pay, shooting 51 percent from the field.
Four Wizards starters --everyone but Marcus Morris-- scored in double figures behind the lead of Bradley Beal (25 points. Ramon Sessions (18 points, 13 assists) and Marcin Gortat (16 points, 12 rebounds) had double-doubles. John Wall was sidelined with a sore knee.
Things got especially rough for Brooklyn in the third quarter when Washington scored 34 points and extended their two-point halftime lead to 13. The momentum was completely in their favor and they closed the door when they went up by 25 early in the fourth. With the win, Washington isn't officially out of the playoffs... yet.
Meanwhile, the evaluations continued for the Nets, who have been out of the playoff conversation for quite a while.
"It's about time I become a 20-plus minute player," Thomas Robinson said after Sunday's game. "I haven't played over 13 minutes my whole career. To me, it's BS. But I'm trying to put that out there that it's about time I become a 20-minute plus player."
Nobody's saying he'll be a 20-minute guy in the future, but he's certainly helping his case. Robinson has averaged 15.2 points and 12.2 rebounds in the last five games after setting a career-high 23 points to go along with 10 rebounds. His previous career-high was 18 points ... a week ago.
Other than Robinson, Sean Kilpatrick (15 points), Markel Brown (13 points), Wayne Ellington (14 points) and Chris McCullough (10 points, five steals) were the other Nets players in double figures. The 10 points and five steals are both a career-high for McCullough and the highest steal amount for a reserve since Courtney Lee recorded six in 2009.
Shane Larkin also had a solid night with eight assists and six rebounds, while Henry Sims chipped in eight points and seven rebounds off the bench. In his debut at the power forward position, Bojan Bogdanovic struggled and shot just 2-of-12 on the night. Tony Brown decided to sit him the entire fourth quarter.
The bridge year comes to an end in exactly one week.
For more on the Washington Wizards, check them out at Bullets Forever.
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- Brooklyn Nets vs Washington Wizards - Box Score - NBA.com
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- Blocked by Beal (Video) - NBA.com
- Wizards on the Break (Video) - NBA.com
- Robinson to the Rack (Video) - NBA.com
- Markel And-1 (Video) - NBA.com
- Sessions Through the Lane (Video) - NBA.com
- Bojan Bogdanovic cools off in Nets’ blowout loss to Wizards - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Without much firepower, the Nets fall flat against the Wizards in the fourth quarter (Game Grades) - Benny Nadeau - The Brooklyn Game
- John Wall sits out, but Wizards won’t be counted out as they handle Nets - Jorge Castillo - Washington Post