The Brooklyn Nets, increasingly worried about a recent lack of competitiveness, have launched an in-season evaluation of various facets of the team, including new coach Lionel Hollins, according to league sources.
The Nets lost consecutive road games last week to the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz by 39 and 35 points, respectively, sparking concern within the organization about whether Hollins' message is getting through. It's just the fifth time in NBA history that a team has lost back-to-back games by 35 points or more.
Nets ownership, sources said, is monitoring the situation closely, with Brooklyn having just fallen out of the East's top eight after a 2-10 slide that coincides with the franchise being up for sale.
Hollins is insulated by the fact that he is in the first year of a four-year contract believed to be worth in excess of $20 million when including incentives, with the Nets holding a team option on the fourth season.
With the National Weather Service describing this storm as a "crippling and potentially historic" blizzard, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency on Monday. Forecast projections for New York City and areas surrounding it predict that up to 20 to 30 inches of snow could hit the area over the next two days.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also declared a state of emergency for New Jersey. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news conference Monday afternoon that all non-emergency vehicles are ordered off the streets of New York at 11 p.m. and that city schools are closed for Tuesday.
"I've just got tendinitis real bad in my right knee and in my left ankle," Johnson told Newsday following his team's blowout loss Saturday night in Utah. "I've been playing with both of them and been pretty banged up for probably about the past month and a half or so. We don't have time to have guys sit and rest, like some other teams do. We just don't have the roster for that, so I just have to play through it."
In 13 games during January, Johnson, 33, is shooting just 36.2 percent from the field and averaging 13.1 points in 36.7 minutes.
The Nets are currently without point guard Deron Williams, who has missed nine straight games due to a rib cartilage fracture. It is unknown when he will return. Reserve Mirza Teletovic was also lost for the season Friday due to blood clots in his lungs.
One game after Brooklyn's worst defeat of the season -- 123-84 to the Clippers -- the Nets were again listless.
They are 3-10 in January and a half-game back of Charlotte for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Teletovic left Thursday night's 123-84 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center after experiencing shortness of breath and was taken to a hospital.
"Our first thoughts are with Mirza and his family," Nets GM Billy King said Friday in a statement. "We are very fortunate that our medical staff, along with the ER staff at the California Medical Center in Los Angeles, were able to diagnose the problem. I have visited with Mirza this morning, and he is in good spirits as he begins his treatment and recovery."
A battery of tests -- including a CT scan -- revealed the seriousness of his condition. Teletovic will remain hospitalized in Los Angeles to undergo further testing and begin receiving blood thinners, the team said. He will return to the New York area upon being cleared. The official medical term for what Teletovic has is bilateral pulmonary embolus.
Teletovic had tweeted after the game that he was OK:
He later tweeted that he was OK:
"He just told me he wasn't feeling well," Nets coach Lionel Hollins told ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne immediately after the game. "I asked if he had the flu, and he said, 'No. I don't know what it is. I just don't feel right.' Hopefully he'll text me soon after he gets looked at."
Teletovic had gone to the locker room accompanied by trainer Tim Walsh late in the second quarter after logging eight minutes.
Since missing three games with a hip injury in mid-December, Teletovic is averaging 6.4 points on 32.2 percent shooting -- including 30.4 percent from 3-point range (21 games).
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers have had a hard time this season maintaining leads at home. They will go up by double-digits early but squander the lead and be forced to hold on late in games that should have been over by the third quarter.
That wasn't the case Thursday as their lead grew to 13 in the first quarter, 35 in the second quarter and 46 by the time the fourth quarter rolled around as the Clippers beat the Brooklyn Nets 123-84 to win their third game in a row before embarking on a stretch that will see them play the next 10 games in 10 different cities. The Clippers are now tied for the fifth seed in the West and just 1 1/2 games out of the second-best record in the West.
Surprise of the night: Sure, the Clippers were favored to win the game but no one saw them going up by 46 points in the fourth quarter and 35 points before the half. It was a blowout from beginning to end and probably the Clippers' most dominating win of the season against a current playoff team.
Celebrities of the night: Hollywood descended on Lob City for Thursday's game as Jay-Z and Beyonce sat courtside along with Floyd Mayweather, Matt Kemp, Bryce Harper and Dez Bryant. Jay-Z and Beyonce, who chatted with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer at the half, stayed until the bitter end of the blowout, and Clippers fans started to chant "We want Pacquiao!" at a smiling Mayweather late in the game.
Stat of the night: The Clippers shot 59 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the arc. The Nets shot 37.5 percent from the field and 19 percent from beyond the arc. That's not going to happen often but when it does, the Clippers are always going to win handily.
Players of the night: Blake Griffin had 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, and DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Chris Paul had 6 points, 17 assists and 5 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick had 17 points apiece.
LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin scored 22 of his 24 points in the first half, when the Clippers led by 33 points, and Los Angeles went on to its largest victory ever over the Brooklyn Nets, 123-84 Thursday night.
J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford added 17 points each, DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Chris Paul had a season-high 17 assists for the Clippers, who have won nine of their last 12 and three in a row.
The Clippers put the game away in the first half, when they shot 66 percent and Jordan had already secured his double-double.
In the latest installment of the NBA Front Office series, Tom Penn (playing the role of GM), Chad Ford (assistant GM), George Karl (head coach), Amin Elhassan (scouting director) and Kevin Pelton (analytics director) debate how to dismantle and rebuild the Brooklyn Nets. With Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov looking to sell the team, what steps does the front office have to take to get the franchise back in order? With its future heavily mortgaged in a win-now strategy that failed in epic proportion, the job will not be easy.
The Nets had a 23-point lead in the opening half, but the Kings eventually cut it to two late in the fourth quarter. Some clutch shooting by Joe Johnson helped preserve the victory for Brooklyn.
Johnson scored 16 points, as did Jarrett Jack, who also had eight assists for the Nets.
The Nets won six of seven games and reached the .500 mark on Jan. 2. But Brooklyn had been in a terrible stretch ever since.
DeMarcus Cousin had 28 points and 14 rebounds for Sacramento, who dropped its fifth straight.