The Brooklyn Nets long trip across the bridge leading to uncertainty is coming to an end.
While other teams brace for the playoffs, the Nets are bracing for what may be the toughest off-season in franchise history that starts in less than a week.
The focus for the most of the season has been off the court and it's only going to continue to be that way. But for now, there are still a few games to be played and that's bad news for the Nets - who are currently tied for the third worst record in the NBA.
The Nets lost for a seventh straight time,113-99, at Time Warner Cable Arena, Friday night against the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte happens to be one of those teams bracing for the playoffs with Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum leading the charge.
Coming off a 34-point performance against the Knicks, Walker dropped 22 points to drown the Nets.
Neither team was able to pull away in the first half, but the Hornets outscored Brooklyn 34-21 and extended their lead to 20 by the end of the third quarter. We're 79 games into the season and the script remains the same.
Still, players are looking to change the script of their careers and Thomas Robinson is definitely making a concerted effort in doing so.
Over the last five games, Robinson's averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds after setting a career-high 23 points on Wednesday.
Friday, Robinson notched his sixth straight double double with 16 points, 17 rebounds -- 12 offensive rebounds - a season-high for any Nets players this season and the most since Brook Lopez grabbed 10 on April 3rd of last year. It may very well be the most efficient string of double-doubles in decades. TRob hasn't played more than 32 minutes in any of the six games. As the Nets tweeted out...
Robinson is 2nd player since 1983-84 to post 6 straight double-doubles while playing 32 or fewer mins in each game (Arvydas Sabonis). #Nets— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 9, 2016
TRob continued to have issues at the foul line, going 2-of-8, putting his percentage over the six games at 34.3 percent. He also had four of his shots blocked. As Benny Nadeau of The Brooklyn Game wrote, "You’ve got a guy that will get another shot somewhere next year, even if it’s not in Brooklyn. Sometimes, yes, he makes shots way harder than they have to be, but he’s so damn hardworking."
Bojan Bogdanovic struggled for a second consecutive game and shot just 2-of-12 from the floor. Wayne Ellington put home a Net-high 21 points on five 3-pointers and Sean Kilpatrick chipped in 16 points off the bench.
As a whole, the Nets shot 42 percent from the floor. Charlotte, on the other hand, shot 50 percent and nailed 14 3-pointers.
In his first start, Chris McCullough broke his career-high that he set on Wednesday with 12 points, three rebounds and three steals in 24 minutes. At this point it's obvious that McCullough has plenty to work on this summer, but it's all for the better as he'll finally experience his first summer league, training camp and even some preseason games before the real thing starts next year.
It's going to be a very long and hopeful offseason. Sigh.
Next up: Sunday, 6:00 vs. the Indiana Pacers.
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- Brooklyn Nets vs Charlotte Hornets - Box Score - NBA.com
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- Williams Delivers (Video) - NBA.com
- Gorgeous Move by Jefferson (Video) - NBA.com
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