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This probably isn't what Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov had in mind when he committed millions of dollars to his team's payroll for the 2013-14 season. But sources tell ESPN.com's Ohm Youngmisuk and Marc Stein that rookie coach Jason Kidd has Prokhorov's support despite the Nets' 3-10 record and five straight losses entering Monday's games. Injuries to key performers have hurt the Nets, but so have the team's difficulties competing in the third quarter of games. Will Brooklyn get back on track and become the playoff contender it was expected to be?
It don't come easy
Jason Kidd's shakedown cruise as an NBA head coach hasn't been smooth sailing.
Injuries to key players including Deron Williams have hampered Kidd's ability to develop a consistent player rotation.
Misery loves company
Brooklyn has company at the bottom of the Atlantic Division and in New York, as both the Nets and the Knicks have struggled.
The Brooklyn Nets enter Year 2 of their return to New York with a new, win-now look after the big offseason trade to get Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. It did not take long for both the Nets and the Knicks to lay claim to the hearts and minds of all New Yorkers. Re-signed J.R. Smith insists that the Knicks have not lost any ground to the Nets. New Net Pierce says his hate for the Knicks "has grown a little" and that he's ready to have his new team take over his new city. Let the fireworks begin!
The Nets added Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to their starting lineup, while the Knicks' starters should be the same as last season.
Battle for New York?
Last year, New York and Brooklyn tied the season series with two wins each, but the Knicks won the Atlantic Division by five games over the Nets.
One more title?
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett teamed up to win a title with the Boston Celtics in the 2007-08 season, the only championship for both.