Loren Jorgensen of the Deseret News reports:
The mood was appropriately somber in the visitors’ locker room at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday night after the Utah Jazz had cruised to their most lopsided victory of the year, 116-83 over the New Jersey Nets.
The Nets, after all, are on pace to become the unquestioned, all-time worst team in NBA history…
The Nets, who entered the game on a 10-game losing streak in which they had lost by an average of nearly 18 points, were even worse against the Jazz, losing by 33.”It’s bad,” said Nets center Brook Lopez, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder. “It’s tough to stay positive.”
New Jersey, which played Saturday night’s game without injured starting point guard Devin Harris, is now 3-40 on the year. They will have to go 7-32 or better the rest of the season in order to surpass the 9-73 mark of the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, the current owners of worst all-time record in NBA history.
Julian Garcia of the New York Daily News reports:
Things have gone so wrong lately, it’s hard for the Nets to even imagine there might be light at the end of the “dark tunnel” coach/GM Kiki Vandeweghe is always referring to.
“Right now, no. I can’t honestly,” Chris Douglas-Roberts said. “We’re just in a very bad situation so it’s hard to see the light right now.”
Harris, who fell on his already achy wrist on Friday night, sat behind the bench wearing jeans, a leather sport coat and a bulky black and blue brace on his wrist.