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How Nets went from bad to ugly

PER Diem: Feb. 4, 2010

Updated: February 5, 2010, 12:58 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

I've held off on this story for half a season because I expected regression to the mean to kick in and make this a nonissue. But it never happened, and now we have to acknowledge the reality: There's a very real chance the Nets will finish with the worst record in NBA history.

The Playoff Odds also showed hope that it wouldn't get this bad for the Nets. Even during New Jersey's record-setting 0-18 start, the algorithm figured the team would get its act together and finish with a win total in the teens. Slowly, however, a projection of 16 wins became 14, then 12, then 10. As of Thursday, that prediction is down to nine.

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