Last January: Ridnour, for the win.
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UPDATE: Luc Mbah a Moute is out with a sprained left foot. Listed day-to-day.
Due? Yes, the Nets remain winless precisely three weeks after their opener. They are struggling at this sport, but they will win a game, probably sooner rather than later. Even a club with an unsightly -10.27 point differential is bound to come out on top eventually, and they have come quite close. On the same night Brandon Jennings went for a drive to 55, the Nets almost scored their first win of the season in South Beach against the hot, hot Heat. New Jersey made just 30-70 (.429) from the field and had more turnovers (12) than assists (11), but Miami still needed a game-winning buzzer beater from Dwyane Wade to prevail. Another loss last night in Indy, which means Jersey is even more worrisomely due.
- There's no "O" in New Jersey Nets. Plenty of E's though: effusively embarrassing? The Bucks refocused defensively a bit in the second half against Dallas. After allowing 33 points in each of the first two quarters on Monday, they gave up just 19 in the both the third and fourth quarters. After facing some serious offensive firepower the last few games, Milwaukee welcomes the worst offensive team in the NBA into town tonight. Brook Lopez (who piled up 26/16 and 5 blocks last night in a loss to Indiana) is the most capable of the current bunch, and he worked the Bucks in his rookie season, averaging 16.0 points on 68.4 % from the field in four games. That all came sans Andrew Bogut, but we'll need a better effort early by the Aussie than he brought against Drew Gooden on Monday. Chris Douglas-Roberts (27/12/3 last night) is a hooper, which everyone except NBA scouts (he went 40th two draft ago, just a few spots after Mbah a Moute) seemed to realize. The Nets sorely miss Devin Harris, who is coincidentally sore himself, sidelined with a sore groin. After keeping their first four opponents under the century mark, the Bucks have allowed at least 100 points in each of the past four; though pace is a factor in that equation. In any event, time to start a new under-100 streak, or we unofficially, officially have a problem.
- You might want to direct Chris Douglas-Roberts to the right. Fair assessment?