The Brooklyn Nets' 90-82 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday night was more than the final score of Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. It was a look at the future.
This, you see, is what mediocrity looks like: Following an impressive Game 1 win over the Bulls, the Nets delivered a Game 2 dud that should relieve any remaining Brooklyn believers of any illusions they had that their team might make any kind of deep run during these, or any subsequent, playoffs.
This is not to trash the Nets, or to disparage what they have done, or to insist they are any kind of failure. They are not. It's to point out the obvious. This is probably as good as it gets. This is a Nets team mired in mediocrity, a high-profile and higher-priced team held captive by their own silly spending and aging so-called stars.
The Nets are a team fronted by Deron Williams, a player who since the All-Star break has reemerged as the top-tier point guard so many of us expected him to be when he was traded to ...