If the Charlotte Bobcats ever want to give themselves a chance to break this 17-game losing streak, then they have to stop blowing it from tip-off.

They're not very good and they're not very deep. They're not particularly experienced, in part because coach Mike Dunlap's instructions were to lean toward getting the kids minutes.

So playing from behind is just flattening them. They gave up 33 points in the first quarter Friday, granting the Brooklyn Nets an 18-point edge. So what chance did they have in a 97-81 loss?

Remember, the Nets (15-14) aren't exactly Kareem-Magic-Worthy. They'd lost 10 of their last 13 and coach Avery Johnson had been fired just Thursday. Lead assistant P.J. Carlesimo was elevated to interim head coach, and after this one who could blame him for feeling overconfident?