Brooklyn is done.
After fighting their way to a game 7, the Bulls ended up winning the deciding game by a score of 99-93. Despite not having Kirk Hinrich, Rip Hamilton, Luol Deng, and obviously Derrick Rose, they were able to outplay the Nets severely, minus one run the Nets had in the third.
Nobody on the Nets shot over 50% from the field, but the worst performance was from Joe Johnson, who was a pathetic 2-14 from the floor. He has been battling his somewhat severe case of plantar fasciitis, but that is no excuse for such a poor shooting performance. They were out-shot in every category, but probably the most important being free throws. The Nets only hit 75% of their FTA's, while the Bulls hit 92.3%. The Bulls as a team also shot 48.8% from the field, while the Nets shot 40.7%, which is not good. The Nets should've recognized that Johnson was struggling and stopped wasting possessions by putting the ball in his hands. In addition, choosing to play Evans over Blatche during crunch time when they needed offense was an unwise decision.
So as the first season in Brooklyn ends, we can reflect on a season that was; a season that saw a coaching change early, and no major moves at the trade deadline. it will be very interesting to see what direction the Nets decide to go in this coming offseason, as their interim coach, PJ Carlesimo, does not have a deal for next year and most likely will not return. In addition, the team is still on the lookout for their feature power forward, seeing as Kris Humphries is clearly not the answer at the position, and neither is Reggie Evans. It will be interesting to see what happens with Andray Blatche as well, and if he will return to the team where he's done so well in the past year, both on and off the court. Only time will tell.
As always, I want to thank everyone's who's read any of our NBA coverage to this point and I will personally be keeping you all up to date with the Nets in the offseason. Nets fans, enjoy your summer, and we'll see you in the fall!