With a daunting three-game road trip ahead, the floundering Brooklyn Nets can’t afford to lose to the bottom-feeding Milwaukee Bucks on Friday at the Barclays Center. Here’s what we’ll be watching for:
RESPONSE NEEDED: After Monday’s 17-point loss to the Indiana Pacers, Nets coach Jason Kidd said his team had become “comfortable losing.” Two days later, they clearly failed to respond, suffering another 17-point loss to the Chicago Bulls. “Sometimes it happens, sometimes the response is a little delayed. Hopefully we can get that response on Friday,” Kidd said.
They better. After facing Milwaukee (6-22), which has the NBA’s worst record, the Nets travel to Indiana (23-5), San Antonio (23-7) and Oklahoma City (23-5). For a team that has lost four straight, this is a must-win game.
STEP UP: Paul Pierce has gone 2-for-15 from the field combined the past two games. Kevin Garnett is 5-for-17 in his past two games. Andray Blatche went 1-for-11 on Wednesday. It’s going to be tough for the Nets (9-19) to get victories with Brook Lopez out if guys shoot like this.
INJURY FRONT: Andrei Kirilenko (back) was expected to return by Friday, but remains out due to back spasms. Larry Sanders (thumb), who has been out for the past two months, will return and play about 20 minutes, according to the Bucks' official website.