The Brooklyn Nets are in bad shape. How bad?
Four straight losses; 2-11 in the last 13. Six games below .500.— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) January 20, 2020
The Nets need a win in the worst way possible.https://t.co/S3iYhR6pPS via @NetsDaily
But how do the fans really feel about the shape of these Nets?
According the the SB Nation FanPulse surveys, 20% of fans “aren’t confident” in the direction of this team, while 55% of fans give the Nets a C grade at the mid-way mark, with 20% giving them a D, and just 25% giving them a B. No votes for an “A.”
This isn’t quite a season low, in terms of fan confidence, but the results were trending toward 100% confident just after the Nets announced Kyrie Irving was returning from injury. That, of course, has dipped nearly 20% over the last week.
LeBron James and the Lakers are in town on Thursday in what is a very important game for Kyrie Irving and the Nets. You can purchase tickets here to go see it in person.
Why is it important? Because the Nets need a statement win, and beating the Lakers at 34-9 is just the kind of statement this team needs to make.
Sure, beating the Pistons on the road on Saturday would be nice, but that’s also a game the Nets are supposed to win. Beating the Knicks on the road on Sunday? Cool. But meaningless.
The Nets - and more so Kyrie Irving - need to make a statement on Thursday. Win a game you aren’t “supposed to win.” That’s what the Nets need; that’s what the fans want.
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