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Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 19, 2010 at 03:25:06 PM

Fourteen games remain and all the Nets want is three more wins, but more than that is at stake for this team and several guys on it.

The focus should be on getting the wins, but also making sure the players under contract for next season get as much time together as possible, play together and enjoy playing together.

The buzz word when interim coach Kiki Vandeweghe took over was “fun.” Everyone needed to have fun and that lasted for about three games – the Nets won two of the first three under Vandeweghe. But with five wins in the 47 games since there aren’t many guys having much fun.

Here's what's fun: Winning.

A few days have passed since Wednesday’s loss to Philadelphia, but that was a low locker room and understandably so.

The Sixers are terrible,

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 16, 2010 at 10:53:07 PM

The Nets ran into another team without their best player and they might as well have run into a brick wall. They put up enough bricks to build a wall, anyway.

The Hawks still are a good team without Joe Johnson, but this was a humiliating defeat because as soon as Jamal Crawford got hot in the second quarter the Nets melted and suffered their 60th loss already.

Bad shooting, no energy and overall resignation led to last night’s 108-84 defeat. It’s fair to note the Nets were without Devin Harris.

But they won a game earlier this year – their last victory at home – without Harris and backcourt mate Courtney Lee. Granted, it was against the Clippers, but still. This was a Nets’ team we haven’t seen in a while, one that showed little life, that didn’t

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Mar 13, 2010 at 12:07:55 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY – There were several times in this game when it appeared the Nets were done, especially with Courtney Lee hampered by a sprained right thumb.

The Nets shooting guard has been lights out lately. But Lee couldn’t hit a shot. He actually made two -– both layups, including one at the buzzer.

So when the Thunder were up 16 with two minutes left in the third and 15 with the fourth quarter nearing the midpoint, it looked like the Oklahoma City Thunder were on their way to another win and the Nets another loss.

That wound up happening, but the game was much closer than anyone would have guessed. The Nets lost 104-102, making that their third tough-luck loss on this four-game trip.

“The guys are learning that we’re not good enough to play without a

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Feb 3, 2010 at 11:28:04 PM

TORONTO - The Nets are feeling a different type of frustration these days. They’re playing better, but have nothing to show for it.

They’re in games now in the fourth period – marked improvement from some of their games a couple of weeks ago when they were out of it before the dance team made its first appearance of the night.

You would rather play competitively than not at all. But a loss is a loss and each one weighs heavily on this team that is hoping for a breakthrough.

Once again they thought they had one, but left the Air Canada Centre after their 108-99 defeat to the Raptors with the same expressions.

There were the predictable head shakes, the stares down at the floor, the looks around the room to hear what some of their teammates was saying about this

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 31, 2010 at 10:48:45 PM

At least the Nets got a shot off this time, but it may not have been the one they wanted.

It’s easy to second-guess the Nets’ play-calling down three with less than 23 seconds to go. Coach Kiki Vandeweghe said he should have called something different, something a little less “tricky,” after the Nets dropped an 83-79 decision to the Sixers on Sunday night.

Like Friday’s game against the Wizards, that was a winnable game and one the Nets should have won -- if only they executed. It was the same story Sunday.

The Nets had a big lead early, lost it, couldn’t hit shots late and committed bad turnovers. This time, though, they didn’t miss free throws late.

But talk about history repeating itself, against Washington, the Nets were called for a 24-second

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 27, 2010 at 11:53:49 PM

The Nets finally had their enough-is-enough moment and they think it could be the start of something.

Time will tell about that, but for 48 minutes last night, the Nets looked like an NBA team. It’s been a long time since they have.

They showed heart and played with pride, passion and purpose. They played defense, withstood runs, hit shots and showed some mental and physical toughness.

The Nets finally put all of that together and the result was a 103-87 victory over the Clippers that not only ended an 11-game losing streak but also gave them their first victory of 2010.

“We just made sure that every play, we compete,” Chris Douglas-Roberts said. “When we compete, this is the NBA, any team can beat any team. But we competed the whole game and I think that was

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Jan 24, 2010 at 01:40:50 PM

The Nets are doing something never thought possible when they were 0-18. They’re getting worse.

They’re much healthier than they were when they were losing every night earlier this season and they’re worse now. That’s not an easy thing to do.

They returned early this morning from the West Coast just totally beaten, believing there is no hope in sight and honestly there is no reason for hope. You know the numbers: 40 losses in 43 games. Even more distressing is how far they have fallen, how much they have regressed not only since Dec. 30, but since Lawrence Frank was replaced after 16 games.

But here's looking at a small sample of games before we go big picture. Over the four-game trip, the Nets allowed the opposition to shoot 55.4 percent and average 112.8 points

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 Nov 21, 2009 at 05:36:26 PM

Devin Harris was back bouncing around, getting into the lane, crossing over, freezing defenders, setting up teammates and even threw down a driving dunk for good measure.

The groin that kept him out 10 games was fine. His legs were a little tired, but they should come around.

The Nets' first win –- that’s still on hold.

Harris’ impressive return wasn’t enough to end the Nets’ 12-game season-opening losing streak. It became an unlucky 13 after a 98-91 loss to the almost equally lowly Knicks today, another game that was winnable for the Nets.

You at least see how the offense can be different with Harris, how they can get easier baskets. He wore down a little, but his 12 points and seven assists in 26 minutes helped put the Nets in position to snap the skid.

Posted by: Al Iannazzone on Nov 12, 2009 at 12:02:13 AM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Nets probably will wake up this morning hearing Sonny and Cher singing, "I got you, babe," on their clock radios because if ever there was Groundhog Day, this was it.

Wednesday night, the Nets were down three in the closing seconds to Philadelphia and didn't get a shot off and lost 82-79. Five nights ago in Philadelphia, the Nets were down three in the final seconds and didn't get a shot off.

The turnover last night happened with 3.9 seconds left. The turnover Friday happened with three-tenths of a second remaining.

It would have been freaky if it was the same Net committing the turnover and same Sixer causing it and the same final score. You can't have everything, and apparently at this point the Nets can't have anything.

Eight games in, they're 0-8, and