Things were looking alright for the New Jersey Nets against the New York Knicks.
After several lead changes, they found themselves down two halfway through the third quarter. The game was still up for grabs, then it was effectively ended when Devin Harris injured his left knee.
Harris was hurt when, while defending a fast-break, Kris Humphries attempted to block a shot and came down on Harris, eventually landing on his leg after they fell to the ground.
The score was 67-65 at the time Harris exited. The Nets scored 10 points, hitting just four shots for the rest of the quarter, while the Knicks collected 21 and New Jersey was on its way to a 111-100 loss.
The Nets were unlikely to break .500 with Harris healthy. If he misses significant time they would have a hard time getting to more than 25 wins.
There was no immediate word on the seriousness of the injury, and Harris was able to walk off the floor on his own, but it did not look good. Given Harris' injury history, it would not be surprising to see him miss a big chunk of time.
The injury and the loss overshadows what was a very good effort from the team.
Harris was not on his "A" game, but was still making plays and the Nets even led by nine points at one point in the first half.
Brook Lopez had a huge game, scoring 36 points on 14-of-24 shooting, and New Jersey was getting solid contributions from everyone who saw floor time with the exception of Troy Murphy.
They had a good chance to win this one and would have, at the very least, put up much more of a fight had Harris been in there.
The rest of the team did everything they could to stay in the game in the fourth, but they just didn't have enough firepower.
Jordan Farmar ended up with 17 points while going 4-of-6 on threes. He tried to make the plays Harris would normally make, and will be crucial to any sort of success the team might have if Harris is out for long.
Rookie Ben Uzoh would see increased minutes in the absence of Harris, and it's possible that Terrence Williams would be recalled from the D-League to add more depth, but that is pure speculation.
An update will be provided as soon as the extent of Harris' injury is revealed.
For the Knicks, Amare Stoudemire led the way with 35 points and nine rebounds. Raymond Felton and Wilson Chandler also had solid games, combining for 48 points.
The Nets were more successful when they tried to slow the game down, but at times found themselves trying to trade baskets with the Knicks' up-tempo style.
New Jersey does not have the personnel to do this, and it showed when they tried to.
No matter what the case is with Harris, the Nets will need to bounce back quickly when they host Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday night.
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