NJN@CHA 1.8.08

Nets Regress in Charlotte

By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com

No, it wasn\’t Charlotte\’s Web. The Nets simply regressed. They didn\’t play any defense against the Bobcats down in Charlotte, who shot nearly 59% from the floor, and that was \’all she wrote\’ as the men-from-the-swamp went down in ignominious fashion, 115-99, to the hot-shooting Bobcats last night.

The details of the game aren\’t important as it was not much of a contest – a forgettable one at that – if you root for New Jersey. The Nets dared the other team to out-shoot them and they did. All the things the Nets (17-17) have done wrong of late came back to haunt. That included falling behind early, giving up the \’paint\’ and hoping for a big second-half comeback.*

About the only thing newsworthy about the event is that Nets Beat Writer, Al Iannazzone, reports that he passed out on the plane taking him to cover the game. You see, a terrible fog engulfed the plane as it tried to land in Charlotte.

Obviously, the team was also in a \”fog\” as as they couldn\’t find their game, no doubt, due to the weather. Hopefully, they recover in the swamp.

The only accolade you can pass out for this one is that the indomnitable, future-Hall-of-Fame PG, Jason Kidd, managed to record yet his third consecutive triple-double on the season and first of his career. No. 97 (13p, 12a, 11r) is a milestone, but as Jason Kidd said, \”it doesn\’t mean anything if you lose.\”

In any case, Jason gets to continue the streak as the Nets have a chance to rebound tonight at the \’Zod where they open a four game home stand against the struggling Seattle Supersonics (9-25). Talk about a back-to-back game a night after losing to the \’Cats? Oh, well …

Injury report for the Sonics – Guard Kevin Durant (sprained left ankle) is a game-time decision. Guard Luke Ridnour (tightness, left quad) is doubtful. Forward Chris Wilcox (dislocated right pinky finger) and center Robert Swift (tendinitis and contusion, right knee) are out. For the Nets, Nenad Krstic is out, Malik Allen is probable (sore lower back) and Antoine Wright (right ankle) is questionable.

YES Network will air the game as usual. It gets underway at 7:30pm EST.

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