By the time this edition hits the newsstands, one of two things will have happened: either the Brooklyn Nets will have defeated the New York Knicks for the second time at Barclays Center, or they will have lost their fifth-straight game and be a team in turmoil. One thing is for certain, the team has played poorly since center Brook Lopez injured his foot. Lopez, who has been day-to-day since November 28, was off to perhaps the best start of his career, averaging 18.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. The Nets, meanwhile, were flying high as well, in first place after beating their New York
City rivals in their first matchup.
A loss to the Miami Heat, then the Oklahoma City Thunder can happen to any team, as they were the two teams who met in the NBA Finals last season. However, the subsequent losses to the Golden State Warriors, followed by an abysmal performance against the Milwaukee Bucks at home that saw them trail by as many as 29 is a new low-point in their inaugural season in Brooklyn.
A win against the New York Knicks would be a short-term cure, but a loss would continue the downward spiral that began with the injury to Brook Lopez. Lopez practiced for the first time Monday, and if he doesn’t have any setbacks after practice, he should make his return against the New York Knicks.