Brooklyn Nets

With Big Apple supremacy on the line, the Brooklyn Nets put up a big fat stinker at MSG against the New York Knicks Friday night.

By Chip Murphy

The Brooklyn Nets have nothing to play for. With no draft picks to rebuild or good young talent to help shape the future this is a lost season for the No. 2 team in the city. If anything could light a fire under them however, it would be playing their “rival” New York Knicks should have been their Super Bowl. The Lopez brothers going at it and Kristaps Porzingis taking shots at their fans should have been fuel on the fire.

Instead they came out with one of the most pathetic performances by an NBA team recent memory, giving up seven three-pointers and 42 points in the first quarter and losing 108-91.

Head coach Lionel Hollins showed off some of his typical razor-sharp with after the game saying, “I guess everyone can quit talking about rivalries. We didn’t come ready to compete early, and they jumped on us.”

Hollins is known for his ridiculous quotes and puzzling behavior regarding his team. The best example was when he was asked last season to preview the Nets-Atlanta Hawks series.

When you have a coach that is such a fool it is hard for a team to become a competitor.

By the second half of last night’s game you could tell the Nets had quit when even veterans like Brook Lopez just stood and watched while their opponents grabbed offensive rebounds and good-guy Joe Johnson flung an elbow into the face of Jose Calderon out of frustration.

The typically silent Johnson was vocal about his team after the game, “We stunk it up in that first quarter, and it just carried over throughout the rest of the game.” The Nets embarrassed themselves last night and even their own Twitter account let them know it.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.