Unfortunately, the poor third quarter was a familiar sight for any Nets fan that has visited Barclays Center this season.
And if you have been to a Brooklyn Nets game in their inaugural season at Barclays Center, there is a chance that you have looked into the stands or even up on the Jumbotron and viewed an energetic fan with a customized jersey and glasses dancing to various tunes while cheering for the team. That fan is Jeffrey Gamblero.
I met with Gamblero at a recent Nets game and have corresponded with him via email and to say the least, he is interesting.
He may look young enough to be your baby cousin, but he is no Nets newbie. He has been a fan since 1991.
"At the time, Kenny Anderson was my favorite player and was selected second overall in the NBA draft," Gamblero told SNY.tv. "Just like Anderson, I was born and raised in Queens. He was my local hero since his days at Malloy.”
Shortly after becoming a Nets fan, the late Drazen Petrovic and Derrick Coleman become some of Jeffrey’s favorites as well.
“I was devastated when Drazen’s life was cut short in his prime," he said. "The 1992-93 Nets are one of my favorite NBA squads of all time.”
Gamblero, who often attends games with his fiancé Kristi, was a fan of the team throughout their years in New Jersey, but when they moved to Brooklyn, he became a "super" fan.
“This is the first year I’d consider myself a fanatic of the team," he told SNY.tv. "The move to Brooklyn has taken my cheering to the next level.”
Gamblero currently resides in Williamsburg, so it is a bit more convenient for him to make trips to Barclays Center and cheer on his team.
Part of what drew Gamblero, a poker player who has traveled to various parts of the world to play in tournaments, is the state of the art facility that is Barclays Center.
“I love Barclays Center. It's a beautiful environment overflowing with positive energy," he said. "Every single staff member does such a wonderful job. As soon as I walk through the doors I'm uplifted. There's great feng shui in the building. It's perfect.”
Certainly, Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark would be happy to hear that.
Before the playoffs began, Gamblero shared his thoughts on the team and their playoff odds with me.
"I definitely envision us defeating the Chicago Bulls," he said. "This team is capable of winning the championship. Everyone just needs to stay focused and play Brooklyn Nets basketball."
“[Nets general manager] Billy King did an excellent job assembling this team. I appreciate all the hard work the players and staff have put in all season. It's been a joy watching them steadily improve throughout the year. I'm excited to see what they're capable of when the playoffs get rocking.”
Heading into Thursday night's Game 3 at Chicago's United Center, the Nets will look to recapture the momentum they had in Game 1 and take back home-court advantage from the Bulls.
Like Mr. Whammy, Gamblero is a long-time Nets fan who is hoping for and expecting big things from his team this season.
When the Nets and Bulls tip off Game 5 at Barclays Center on April 29, if you happen to be at Barclays Center, you will be watching the excitement of thousands of Nets fans.
Keep your eyes open and on the Jumbotron. For sure, when the Nets need some energy from the fans, Gamblero will be there, leading the cheers, as usual.