New Jersey was pounded into NBA infamy Wednesday night, falling 117-101 for its 18th straight loss to start the season.
"I think what happens is you know it wears on you," interim coach Tom Barrise said. "It's not a two-game losing streak. We play four games a week in this league and it's every day and every other day, and you know you hear it and you start to feel it a little bit."
The Mavericks made 17 of 19 shots and opened a 27-point lead in a nearly flawless second period, burying the Nets early in former New Jersey captain Jason Kidd's second trip back to his old home.
The Nets passed the 1988-89 Miami Heat and 1999 Los Angeles Clippers, who both dropped their first 17 games. New Jersey's next chance to end the streak comes Friday at home against Charlotte.
All that's left is the crying.
What's their eventual record? Do they pull off the Anti-Bulls and go 10-72?
If they break the record and have 25 straight losses, the interim coach should pull a Vermeil and hold open tryouts. They couldn't do any worse at that point, right? What is embarrassing to me is how much money these players are earning per loss.
It is absolutely amazing to me that a team that looks so good on paper is tied for fourth in the Pacific Division with a record of 20-20. It seems that their assist-to-turnover ratio isn't as good as their assist-to-arrest ratio.