It’s been a pretty rock start to the season for the Brooklyn Nets, but we’re only three games in and there’s a lot of basketball still to be played.
Brooklyn’s season-opener against the New York Knicks was postponed, meaning the Nets had to wait until November 3 to make their debut. They got the 107-100 win at home over the Toronto Raptors, with Deron Williams pacing the hosts with 19 points and nine assists.
The latest two games have been tougher though, as Brooklyn has lost by double-digits to both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat.
Losing at home is never fun, especially when it’s to an easily beatable team in the Timberwolves. Missing both Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, Minnesota was short-handed but still managed to find enough offense to overcome the seemingly more talented Nets.
Surely there weren’t a lot of NBA picks made that had Brooklyn losing that game.
Things didn’t get any better this past Wednesday, when the Nets traveled to South Beach to play the defending champion Heat.
Miami brought it right from the get-go and ended up winning 103-73. The Nets hung around in the first half, but then they were absolutely pummeled in the second, getting outscored 53-32. Brooklyn shot just 37.5 percent and had no answers whatsoever for either LeBron James or Dwyane Wade.
Let’s see if the Nets fare better with consecutive matchups against the Orlando Magic. On Friday, Avery Johnson’s team will play the Magic on the road, and on Sunday they’ll be at home against Glen Davis and company for an afternoon tipoff.
That’s the start of a three-game home stand in which the Nets will also play the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. We should be able to find out a lot more about this Brooklyn team by then end of that stretch.