Saturday, January 22, 2011
Nets feel like a Kidd again
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The Nets are playing inspired basketball, this following owner Mikhail Prokhorov calling off his team’s pursuit of Carmelo Anthony. New Jersey offered Denver virtually every player on their roster with the exception of center Brook Lopez.
The Nets were evidently pre-occupied with the trade rumors as they were mired in a six game skid prior to nixing the Carmelo Anthony deal. Since Prokhorov’s announcement detailing the team’s withdrawal from the Melo-sweepstakes, the Nets are riding a two game winning streak.
All players involved with the trade talks are relieved now that they have some closure on the situation and can fully focus on basketball free of distractions. The Nets have won the first two games of their five game homestand, defeating the Jazz 103-95 Wednesday night and the Pistons 89-74 on Friday night. New Jersey seems reenergized and enthused, finally putting an end to trade talks that have been swirling since training camp.
The Nets are shooting a scorching 13 of 26 from beyond the arc over their past two games, outscoring their opponents by an average of 7.5 point per contest. On Saturday night, the Nets play host to Jason Kidd and the Dallas Mavericks. A former franchise savior, Kidd helped the Nets ascend from obscurity to the doorstep of NBA glory.
Meanwhile, this year’s Nets are still desperately recruiting the franchise’s cornerstone superstar. Although the divorce of Kidd and the Nets ended on a sour note, fans will never forget his rousing play and team-first attitude which helped propel New Jersey to two consecutive finals appearances. Saturday night, Kidd and his Mavericks stand in the way of New Jersey’s first three game winning streak of the season; a long stretch from NBA glory, but heck it’s a start!