The Nets have lost a season-high five games in a row. Point guard Deron Williams told reporters after Tuesday night's loss to the Knicks that he hasn't played a good game all season. Both the Nets and D-Will will have another chance to turn it around Wednesday night in Toronto against the Raptors.
Here's what we'll be watching for:
SNAPPING THE SKID: The Nets (11-9) are 1-5 without center Brook Lopez in their lineup (101.8 points per game allowed on 49.9 percent shooting). They blew not one, but two double-digit leads in their latest loss. The Nets got off to a great start Tuesday night because they attacked the paint (they ended up plus-28) instead of setting for 3-point shots (they went 4-for-18 from beyond the arc). Unfortunately, their 3-point defense let them down and they couldn't stop Carmelo Anthony, who torched them for an opponent season-high 45 points.
Luckily for the Nets, the Raptors (4-18) aren't nearly as good as the Knicks. A great note from STATS LLC: The Nets have led by at least nine points in four games during their current funk. It's time to actually hold on to one.
MORE ON THE SKID: During its five-game losing streak, Brooklyn is being outscored 105 to 97.4 and has allowed four of the five opponents to score more than 100 points. The Nets are allowing their opponents to shoot 50.9 percent from the field, including 45.4 percent from 3-point range (8.8 triples per game).
THAT BAD, HUH? D-Will is shooting a career-low 39.1 percent from the field and averaging just 16.9 points per game -- his lowest scoring output since 2006-07, his second season in the NBA. He did have 18 points and 10 assists on Tuesday night, though he called it a "average game." D-Will is obviously his toughest critic. He does need to pick up his play, though. Melo looks far-and-away like the best player in New York right now. Both teams' records speak to that.
CAN'T FORGET ABOUT DRAY: Andray Blatche has averaged 18.2 points per game in place of Lopez. On Tuesday night, he went for a season-high 23 on 9-for-13 shooting, while outplaying Knicks center Tyson Chandler (five points, seven rebounds). Blatche failed to come up with a rebound late in the game, but has still been tremendous this season.