The Brooklyn Nets - having started the season with hope for a championship run - find themselves halfway through the season below .500.
Currently at 25-27 and sixth in the East, they aren't looking like much of a threat to LeBron James' Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers.
In addition, the Nets lost All-Star center Brook Lopez earlier this season - making things even harder for an ageing team. Deron Williams is only averaging 13.3 points per game and Paul Pierce 13.5, both having dealt with injuries.
Kevin Garnet, now 37, is dealing with time taking a toll on his body. Joe Johnson, the only one of the Nets' starting five to have made the All-Star team, is also only averaging 15 ppg and the whole team undoubtedly needs to shake things up if they want a chance to compete in the East.
Williams definitely needs to return to being a 20-point scorer, while Garnett and Pierce need to find what's left in the tank to make a push for a top seed in the east. Coach Kidd's squad definitely needs to find a way to compete against the best as they have just recently come off a two-game losing streak to the Thunder and Pacers.
The Nets - after bringing in Marcus Thornton from the Sacramento Kings - could be looking at another trade to shake thing up and find that spark to push them forward.
They have been linked to Jarrett Jack from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Jordan Hill from the Lakers.
The way the Nets are playing is the proof that a team's talent doesn't necessarily translate to the court and although they have recently been stepping their game up, they would need a huge step forward to have a chance against the top of the East.
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