What is Wrong with the Brooklyn Nets?

Posted: November 28, 2013 by ericbernsen in NBA, Sports
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It has certainly been a rough start to the season in Brooklyn as the Nets have lost 11 of the first 15 games. In the off-season, Brooklyn welcomed veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to New York after their time had come to an end in Boston where they excelled for a number of years. Combining them with point guard Deron Williams and big man Brook Lopez, this was a team that had NBA Finals aspirations going into the 2013-2014 campaign. However, they have been far from championship contenders so far as they have struggled even in an Eastern Conference that overall has had a slow start. The Nets rank 22nd in overall offensive efficiency and have done nothing on the defensive side of the ball to make up for it.

Overall, there seems to be a ton of confusion with this new group and a lack of chemistry. The Nets are mostly scoring on isolation plays and are not sharing the ball effectively as a collective team. And although they have been plagued by injuries early on, it really isn’t an excuse for Brooklyn to be playing this badly. It seems that first year head coach Jason Kidd has not been able to rally his troops in order to correct these issues and, understandably, Pierce and Garnett are frustrated. But the two of them have not helped the cause as both are having a difficult time adjusting to their new home. KG isn’t hitting his mid-range jumpers and Pierce’s age is showing as he is nowhere near the athlete he once was. It is tough to predict whether the team can regroup and get back in playoff discussions, but we do know that they have a lot of work to do in order to get back in contention.

Final Consensus: Simply put, nothing is going right in Brooklyn. Pierce and Garnett don’t seem to have faith in Jason Kidd as a head coach yet. The injury bug has hit the team early on and the individual talent of these players has not translated into any kind of chemistry. The hype was at an all-time high in Brooklyn going into the season, but the come down has happened very quickly. Pierce and KG aren’t getting younger, so Kidd will have to grow up fast as a head coach and get the rest of his team to make up for their lack of productivity. In this Eastern Conference the Nets can certainly come back and be a playoff team come 2014, but it is hard to have faith in them to do so currently.

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