Deron Williams is in disbelief over what has happened to the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets entered this season with championship dreams, but as Brooklyn's $98 million point guard put it, the 2013-14 campaign has quickly turned into a "nightmare." "I'm even surprised with this season, how it's played out. It's like a nightmare," Williams said after the Nets were blown out on Christmas 95-78 by the Chicago Bulls Wednesday afternoon at Barclays Center. "The way the injuries have been and the things we talk about every day: the lack of energy, the lack of effort. I didn't see that being a problem when we put this team together." The Nets (9-19) have now lost four straight games. During that stretch, they've lost All-Star center Brook Lopez to a season-ending foot energy and been called out by their head coach, Jason Kidd, for getting complacent. Most recently, power forward Kevin Garnett said the Nets lack an identity and "we don't know who we are." The team's veteran players disagreed with Kidd's assessment about them being "comfortable with losing," but they failed to respond. The Nets went 2-for-15 from the field in the second quarter, were outscored 36-20 in the third quarter and were beaten in the paint (44 points to 34) and on the glass (45 rebounds to 39). After making seven of their first 10 shots, the Nets ended up shooting a paltry 35.2 percent overall. They trailed by as many as 23 and heard loud boos from the crowd. Some fans chanted "Fire Kidd! Fire Kidd!" throughout the second half.
Deron Williams: 'Nightmare' season
ESPN | Dec 26