The Brooklyn Nets, for the ¡first! time this season, are mired in a four-game losing streak. They lost ugly tonight. They lost ugly on Friday night, too. They lost games they probably should have lost against the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder, but as a cliché would tell you, a loss is a loss. They haven't won a game in over a week, and yet...
...they're still 11-8, three games over .500.
Even after losing four ugly games, even though it's early in the season, the Nets are still 11-8, 10-4 with Brook Lopez in the starting lineup. The Nets haven't had a four-game losing streak that ended with them at least 3 games over .500 since 2003, when they finished 49-33.
So yes, this losing streak is bad, and yes, this team has played below its expectations in the last four games, particularly against a competitive Golden State team and a beatable Milwaukee team. But even with all their recent struggles, they'd still qualify for the playoffs if the season were 19 games, they're still a positive plus-minus team, and yes, they're missing Lopez, who was the team's best player in its first 15 games.
So don't jump off the ledge just yet. The season is an 82-game grind, not a five-game sprint. 49 wins just means 33 losses.
*begins drowning in half-full glass*