Empty Nets Lose Once Again to Kobe and The Los Angeles Lakers

Ian SherwinContributor IJanuary 15, 2011

Avery Johnson upset with his squad
Avery Johnson upset with his squadStephen Dunn/Getty Images

The story has become all too familiar. The Nets are competitive with a top team in the NBA during the first half of the game, and then manage to lose by 10 or more points. It's almost like all Net players turn off their "game" switch during halftime, while the opponents take five 5-hour energy drinks apiece. It's unbelievable. 

The worse thing about the way the Nets play is that they break your hearts. They always cut leads to manageable amounts with ample time left, but then once again, let the opponent go on 8-0 runs in about a 45 second time span. It's heartbreaking, embarrassing, and quite frankly, getting old.

Brook Lopez had one of his best performances of the year, dropping 35 points on the Lakers, but still managed to grab only six boards. Let's put that into comparison with the rest of the players on the floor last night. Kris Humphries had 15 rebounds. Gasol had nine rebounds. Odom had 11 rebounds. Brook needs to be able to get double-digit rebounds a night, because with the exception of Humphries occasionally, no one else seems capable of performing that task (maybe Favors will be able to in the future, but he needs to stop getting careless fouls so that he can stay on the floor long enough to do so). 

The Nets managed to take a close game in which they were within two during the first half, and still lost by 12. Kobe scored 27 points, while Gasol had 20. 

The Nets are near the point of being unwatchable. I get very little enjoyment out of watching them, and if anything, they put me in a bad mood and make me angry.

As most of you know, I haven't been so gung-ho on the Carmelo trade, but at this point, I'm starting to lose patience with the current Nets. Billy King needs to do something quickly, or else he'll have about three people watching the Nets a night.