Regardless if the Nets weren’t on NBA TV’s “The Association” or had rap mogul Jay-Z as their unofficial mascot, the Nets were bound to draw attention when they packed up their bags and exited the Atlantic Avenue stop en route to the Barclays Center. And the Nets knew the attention would come, but in the short-term they are trying to ignore it.
“I haven’t checked Twitter in like a week because of that,” Williams said after Thursday’s 30 point loss to the Miami Heat “It’s how things go.”
Expectations were going to be through-the-roof simply from being in Brooklyn alone. However when you add perennial all-star Joe Johnson and have a healthy Brook Lopez coming back, those expectations were raised even higher.
“I said at the beginning of the season, we have a team on paper that should be really good,” Williams said. “So the expectations are going to be high. Being in Brooklyn now, things are at an all-time high. So if we’re not winning, or struggling, it’s going to be a big deal. And we are right now. But it’s been three games.”
For the Nets, it’s been their defensive struggles that have truly overwhelmed them. It was no more evident than in their loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Brooklyn went up by 22 midway through the third quarter to only end up losing by 11. And to add onto their problems, Joe Johnson has been missing open shots.
“Joe missed some wide-open shots that he normally does make,” Coach Avery Johnson said. “He’ll make them. When he drives, it’s kind of five in the paint. And there’s going to continue to be five in the paint until we make our outside shots.”
The Nets are in Orlando to face the Magic tonight at 7:00 p.m.
Linkage: Nets Caught Between Off-Season Hype and a Slow Start – New York Times
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