Another day, another Nets loss that followed the same old trope: good play from their stars and not much of anything from anyone else.
"It's the same old story," interim coach Tony Brown told reporters after the game. "We've got to find some other guys to join the fray."
Thaddeus Young posted his 22nd double-double of the season (16 points, 14 rebounds), a new career high. Brook Lopez scored 21 and Joe Johnson had 20. But the Nets bench managed just 16 points combined.
"It seems like every game we have a mental lapse or there's just turnovers," Johnson added. "I have no idea. I'm sorry. I don't know. We just hurt ourselves from time to time."
It's really hard to watch the same set of circumstances play out every night. But against almost everyone in the league, the Nets are overmatched from their sixth man on.
On Wednesday, Brown tried to lean on his starters, playing them all more than 30 minutes. But how sustainable is that? Should Johnson really be playing 36 minutes a night? Should Lopez, who is always just one awkward landing away from every Nets fan holding their breath, be on the court for 38? Of course not, but what other choice does Brown have?
Forget their jobs, players like Shane Larkin and Andrea Bargnani are playing for their careers. It's time for them to show some urgency and be more consistent. If not, it's going to be the exact same situation on a nightly basis, and it's just brutal to watch.