The Brooklyn Nets just gave away one of their worst blowouts of the season, falling 96-73 and shooting a season-low 32.5 percent from the field Sunday afternoon against the Milwaukee Bucks. A Nets win plus a Pacers loss tonight would’ve guaranteed them a playoff spot; while they’ve still got a solid chance at making the playoffs, their slim chance at sixth seed is closed, and seventh looks much less likely.
Nothing encapsulated Brooklyn’s distraught more than Brook Lopez, who did the above shortly before Lionel Hollins benched his starters to rest for Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls. We’ve talked about the general goofiness of Brook Lopez’s facial expressions before, but this is almost sad: Lopez can’t escape his own fraught emotions, nearly tearing his jersey in the process.
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Lopez scored just 12 points (3-8 FG, 6-7 FT) in the loss, and though he added ten rebounds and passed Jason Kidd for fourth on the all-time Nets franchise scoring list, looked outmatched against Zaza Pachulia.