Unlike their rivals across the state, the Brooklyn Nets had no expectations entering the 2017-18 season. The team lacked a true superstar player because they lost their top draft pick two years in a row after their horrible trade with the Boston Celtics in 2013. Getting Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce quickly legitimized the team, but it also destroyed the franchise. The Nets will once again be without a first round pick this year, so they are one of the few bad teams without an incentive to lose. The fight and heart of this young team was on full display when they face the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, March 6.
Going on the road to beat the defending NBA champions was going to be a tough task for the Nets. The huge talent disparity between these two teams was on full display throughout the first quarter. Brooklyn had no answers for the great offense of the Warriors as they fell down 16 points. The game completely shifted at the start of the second quarter. The Nets suddenly started hitting all of their shots while also playing amazing defense. Brooklyn held the Warriors to only 13 points in the second quarter, which helped them get a five-point lead at halftime.
Despite having all of the momentum, the Nets were unable to keep up their great play in the second half. Golden State left the locker room on a mission to take over the game, which is why they are one of the toughest teams to beat in the NBA. Dominating in the post and hitting a barrage of three-pointers were the key to Golden State’s comeback. Brooklyn kept the game close for a long time, but they were down by six points at the end of the third quarter. It only got worse for the Nets in the fourth quarter. Golden State continued to dominate as they went on to win 114-101.
While they ultimately lost in a blowout, the Brooklyn Nets have to be encouraged about their performance on Tuesday. They kept the game close for nearly 36 minutes despite having 30 less wins than the Warriors this season. The Nets are now on a four-game losing streak. They have also only won two of their last 18 games. They will look to get a much-needed win when they travel to Charlotte to face the Hornets on Thursday, March 8.