Tuesday , Mar , 07 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Nets caught in recent rut

(Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets are not playing up to their potential
lately, and the recent slide could shift the Eastern Conference playoff race.

On Sunday versus the Sacramento Kings, Vince Carter dropped 21 points as the
Nets lost for the fourth time in five games. Richard Jefferson contributed 18
points and eight rebounds, while Jason Kidd had 10 points with 11 assists.

Kidd had an off day versus the Kings after recording the 72nd triple-double of
his career in a win over Toronto on March 4. Kidd had 14 points, 15 assists
and 13 rebounds in a 105-100 overtime victory.

New Jersey, seeded third in the East, will have a chance to get back on track
Tuesday when it begins a three-game road trip in Chicago.

The Nets, who will also visit the Hornets and Rockets on the current trip, are
13-18 as the visitor this season. They have lost two in a row on the road.

This is the second meeting of the season between New Jersey and Chicago. On
November 5th, Richard Jefferson’s layup and free throw with 1.5 seconds left
gave the Nets a 100-99 win over the Bulls at Continental Airlines Arena.

The home team has won three straight and 10 of the last 13 meetings in this
series, while the Nets have won eight in a row over the Bulls. New Jersey has
won three straight at Chicago.

The last time the Bulls defeated the Nets was on April 11, 2003 at Chicago.