Kicking Nets when they're down

The Nets have plenty of valid excuses on why they’re not winning. Horrendous perimeter defense shouldn’t be one of them.

Opposing teams are currently shooting 48.7 percent (55-for-113) from 3-point range against the Nets this season. In their last two games -- losses to Cleveland and Indiana -- they’ve allowed an unfathomable 29 triples.

Consider: the Nets are shooting 38.4 percent overall and 29.2 percent from downtown themselves.

They don’t have Brook Lopez, so it’s understandable why they can’t score. But not getting out to contest open 3-point shots? That’s unacceptable.

• Since the Nets are without Deron Williams and Kris Humphries on Wednesday night, their projected starting five of Sundiata Gaines, MarShon Brooks, Damion James, Shelden Williams and Mehmet Okur comes in averaging a combined 39 points per game -- or about 10 more than the NBA’s leading scorer, LeBron James.

• According to the Nets, Brooks will become just the fourth Net rookie since 2000-01 to start in the team’s first seven games. Stephen Jackson, Kenyon Martin and Sean Williams are the others. Lopez started the eighth game of his career in 2008-09.

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