Brooklyn native Neil Sedaka had a big hit with "Calendar Girl" in 1961. But the subject of that song remains lovable "every day of the year." Brooklyn's basketball team? Not so much. The Nets, a delightful 11-4 in November, have slumped to a dreadful 2-8 in December following last night's 100-86 loss to the Knicks at MSG. And Deron Williams' offensive woes and complaints about coach Avery Johnson's system aren't exactly a harbinger of good times. Was the Nets' fast start a mirage boosted by a weak opening schedule? Or is this merely a correctable hiccup in a long season?
D-Will or D-Won't?
Is Deron Williams' season-long slump at fault for the Nets' recent struggles, or is Avery Johnson's offense hurting his game?
The hits keep on coming
The Nets have played a stronger schedule in December, with two losses to Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks. Does their record reflect the tougher competition?