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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 17, 2011 at 07:36:51 PM

The Nets ended their four-game West Coast road trip the same way they started it: with a loss and questions about Carmelo Anthony unanswered.

That’s how most road trips have gone for the Nets this season, most games for that matter. Their 109-100 defeat at Golden State was the Nets’ sixth loss in a row, 11th in 12 games and 19th in 20 road contests.

Wow. The Nets are better than last season, or I should say, more competitive than last season, but this does feel a little like last year all over again.

The truth is the Melo-drama has been overshadowing how bad the Nets are. But that's all Nets have going for them. It’s not the potential of their players; it’s the potential for the Nets to make a trade for a high-scoring small forward.

Is there any wonder why the

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 29, 2009 at 04:14:12 PM

The situations are similar. The Oklahoma City Thunder were about to be sold, about to be moved and dumped players and salaries and tried to build through the draft, trades and free agency.

Sound familiar?

Now, they have had some major growing pains, but look at where they are now. In Kevin Durant’s third NBA season the Thunder have an opportunity to make the playoffs in the tougher Western Conference.

It helps, of course, when you have a player of Durant’s stature and talent. You can tell he wants to be great. He’s worked at getting bigger and stronger. He’s playing better defense, rebounding the ball better and making his teammates around him better.

Just a year ago, the Thunder were 3-28 after 31 games. The 2-29 Nets are just one game worse. Today, the Thunder

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Dec 29, 2009 at 12:09:18 AM

The Nets returned to their old ways on Monday night, and by that we don’t a few years ago when they would win games.

After two games in which they fought hard, and battled both the T-Wolves and Rockets to the final seconds, the Nets let Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder run away with a 105-89 victory. The operative word is run.

Like the old days –- two weeks ago -– when the opposition made their run the Nets didn’t have a response and the game got away quickly.

"I don't know whether we ran out of gas or they turned it up," coach Kiki Vandweghe said. "We’ve got to find a way to push through that last 12-15 minutes when they make runs."

It was a little of both.

The Thunder, behind a season-high tying 40 points from Durant, turned up their game.