Losing Skid Continues in DC

Tonight was a little different from most of the other nights this Nets season has already given us, but in the end, it wasn\’t by much. The Nets traveled down the Turnpike and into the Verizon Center where they faced the Wizards (10-10) in a battle of disappointing teams. The Nets started with Kidd, Carter, Jefferson, Allen, and Collins – the same lineup they\’ve been using recently – and once again it got them into a basket for basket battle. By the middle of the first quarter, however, the Nets found themselves down by double digits…again, and looking for ways to fix their offensive and defensive shortcomings. Luckily, Boki came off the bench to provide a spark on both sides of the ball, contributing 8 points and a block and steal to help the Nets take their own double-digit lead midway through the second. The Nets used some good ball movement to secure a 59-50 lead in the third, but after that it was all Wizards, as Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison led them on a 54-30 run that sealed the game. Even the likes of Darius Songaila (11 points, 6 rebounds) and Roger Mason Jr. (9 points, 2 steals) got in on the action during the run and contributed to the Nets loss.*

VINCE LED ALL scorers again with 30 points on 11-17 shooting, and he played quite well overall although some more driving was needed. RJ was not his usual self, mainly because he got almost no help from the officials when he drove, only going to the line once to shoot a technical.
AS A TEAM the Nets only shot 16 free throws as compared to the Wizards\’ 36, of which they converted 34.
DARREL ARMSTRONG was back in action for the first time since November 14, when he was injured against the Celtics. He played 10 minutes and finished with 2 points and an assist.
JOSH BOONE played 25 minutes and finished with 6 points, 8 rebounds, and a block during critical junctures in the game.
SEAN WILLIAMS received a DNP for the first time in over a month. It was the fifth consecutive game that the rookie didn\’t play more than 20 minutes after playing 32 against the Sixers on 12/1.
I GOT TO MEET Rod Thorn, who was standing in the main concourse at the Verizon Center, talking to people and hanging out. He was very nice, seemed happy, and also enjoyed that I was wearing Nets gear in DC. I didn\’t get a chance to ask him any serious stuff, but he definitely wasn\’t showing any signs of displeasure.

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