by Micah Hart
As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.
With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the New Jersey Nets, who played three straight from Jan. 21-23.
So far we’ve had two teams go undefeated in their three for alls, a surprising and impressive feat indeed. But for every yin there is a yang, and with some really terrible NBA teams this season, surely one of them will post an oh-fer at some point right? The Nets, with no Brook Lopez, seem like a good candidate — let’s see how they did.
Game 1: Thunder 84, Nets 74 – Hard to blame them for a loss to the Thunder, current owners of the best record in the Western Conference, even at home. Deron Williams shot 5-18 in this game, and let’s be honest — the Nets ain’t winning many games when he has any kind of an off night. -2 points
Game 2: Nets 97, Bobcats 87 – Hooray! No zero-output for the Nets after all! You know it might actually be hard to go defeated in these situations because there are so many terrible teams, you’re bound to get to play one of them. Case in point the Bobcats, who make the Nets look like championship contenders by comparison. MarShon Brooks had 20 points, and he’s been a nice find for the Jers so far. 4 points (3 for win, 1 for +10 margin)
Game 3: Bulls 110, Nets 95 – New Jersey had to be like “Come on D-Rose, don’t you want to sit out one more game?” But Rose wasn’t listening, and dropped 22 on them while dragging a bum toe around all game. 0 points
A final tally of 2 total points for the Nets, an effort I’m sure they’ll improve on when they trade for Dwight Howard and play three games in three nights next season, both of which seem to have the same likelihood of happening.
Up next: The Portland Trail Blazers play three straight Jan. 23-25 when they host Sacramento and Memphis, then travel to Golden State to take on the Warriors.
Three for all Scoreboard:
— Chicago Bulls (13 points)
— OKC Thunder (12 points)
— Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
— Houston Rockets (7 points)
— L.A. Clippers (6 points)
— Philadelphia 76ers (6 points)
— Denver Nuggets (6 points)
— Orlando Magic (5 points)
— L.A. Lakers (3 points)
— Charlotte Bobcats (3 points)
— New Jersey Nets (2 points)
— Sacramento Kings (2 points)
— Minnesota Timberwolves (2 points)
— Toronto Raptors (1 point)