After the Nets opened the Barclay's Center on the third, they played another game two days later against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The ended up losing the game 107-96, after having a 22 point lead. The team seemed to take their foot off the gas as they didn't appear to be giving it 100% all the way through. It also did not help that they were missing arguably their best defensive player in Gerald Wallace due to an ankle injury suffered during opening night. Deron Willaims did everything he could in order to keep them in the game, finishing with 13 assists and 18 points. Joe Johnson also finished with 19 points.
Two days later, the Nets traveled to Miami to take on the Heat in a game that was no better to watch than theTimberwolves game. They were defeated by a score of 103-73, and they never really seemed to get going. DeronWilliams finished with a measly 14 points and 3 assists. Joe Johnson shot an abysmal 4-14 from the field and finished with 9 points. No one shot very efficiently for volume and looked to be a step off, as they were still missing Gerald Wallace. Their next game would be against the Magic in Orlando however, and this time their luck was different.
The Nets came out eager to prove that they're not a joke in this league and to end their losing streak. They would go on to blow out the Orlando Magic, 107-68. They looked much more complete defensively than they have since opening night, and they were STILL missing Gerald Wallace, plus MarShon Brooks. The Nets had five players finish the game in double digits with regards to points, and Brook Lopez recorded his first double-double of the year, finishing the contest with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Surprisingly Williams was a bit of a non-factor, finishing with only 4 assists and 12 points. Joe Johnson somewhat rebounded, shooting 5-11 with 13 points. Andray Blatche was also one rebound away from a double-double, with 9 rebounds and 15 points.
The Nets next game will be tomorrow against the Orlando Magic at 3 PM in Brooklyn. Hopefully the Nets can turn their one win against the Magic into a streak! The Nets are currently 2-2 on the season.