Stuck in a malaise leading up to the All-Star break, the Nets need to snap out of it and rebound, literally and figuratively.

Brooklyn has dropped six of seven games, with five dates left before the All-Star break. And four of those come against winning teams, starting with Houston on Tuesday. The Rockets have the NBA’s second-best mark at 38-13.

“We have a really tough stretch ahead before the All-Star break. It’s more of a mental thing than anything else. It’s about staying tough until the All-Star break, not packing it in early,” Joe Harris said. “Everybody this time of year has the tendency to start thinking about vacations or whatever they have going … and looking forward to the break. We need to stay strong mentally and finish things out.”

That needs to show up on the boards more than anywhere else. They Nets have been out-rebounded 110-74 by the Lakers and Bucks in their last two games.

“We’ve got to rebound the ball. We’ve really struggled and it’s hurt us in the last couple games,” coach Kenny Atkinson said.